When did that happen?

When did 14-year-olds become preteens? Oh, when they were born and stayed preteens up until the day before their 13th birthday — at least according to everyone who isn’t a writer for Yahoo! Style:

preteen sty

I know that Yahoo! writers and editors are not good with numbers. They confuse millions and billions, think that digits and letters are the same thing,  and just don’t get percentages. But you’d think they’d know that fourteen isn’t a preteen because teen is part of the word.

Two Trinas?

Are there really two women named Trina who share their weight-loss stories on Yahoo! Beauty?

cosland bea

Or did someone at Yahoo! forget to proofread?

Buster Posey, scrappy player

Buster Posey may be a scrappy baseball player, but I think the writer for Yahoo! Sports should scrap this word and use scraped instead:

scrapped

Did an editor participate?

I’m guessin’ that an editor didn’t participate in the approval of this on yahoo.com:

fp particpate

Also, no proofreader took part. No spell-checker was involved.

Are the Koch brothers birthers?

I know that Donald Trump is a “birther” — someone who alleges that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States, in spite of  enormous evidence to the contrary. Now it appears that according to Yahoo! News the Koch brothers are also birthers:

borthers news

Or maybe not. When trying to decipher a typo, there’s always a chance of misinterpreting the writer’s intent.

What one sees

Here’s what one sees on the home page of Yahoo! Style — a misspelled onesies:

onsies sty hp

Stephen Colbert would know better

The editors over at yahoo.com seem to be engaging in a little truthiness themselves, spelling a word coined by Stephen Colbert without regard for logic or evidence:

fp truthiness

Mon dieu!

Mon dieu! Here’s a little intro to a video on Yahoo! Style that claims to teach us how to pronounce famous brand names. (I think the writer meant famous French brand names, but I quibble.) The problem? The writer has her own problems with French.

troiz sty

I can’t be sure, but I think the writer was trying to count to three in French, but misspelled trois. Then there’s something about a cat (chat) inside a dog (chien). Personally, I would have written chat et chien, which would be cat and dog. Let’s not overlook the misspelled Alliance and the missing hyphen in Roche-Posay.

But my favorite gaffe is in the actual video, where the writer just can’t get that accent right in Hermès:

hermes vid sty

Don’t you love those experts at Yahoo!? They’re illiterate in two languages!

Not an award-winning headline

This headline on the home page of Yahoo! Style isn’t going to win any journalism awards. Or proofreading awards:

epsy

Maybe the editor should have looked at the photo to see that it’s the ESPY Awards.

Katie Couric would be horrified

Katie Couric was a legitimate journalist before she joined Yahoo. She’d be horrified if she saw this spelling of Philando Castile on yahoo.com:

castille fp

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