So much to know

Professional writers have to carry around a lot of knowledge. They need to know grammar, spelling, English, and maybe something about the subject of their writing. At least that’s what I thought until I started reading Yahoo! Style. As it turns out, you don’t need to know much to be a paid professional there. You can drop words from sentences:

saddle bag sty

You can display an ignorance of your subject matter. (The handbag style known as a saddle bag was not inspired by a saddle. It was inspired by a little something called a saddle bag — which attaches to a saddle.) You certainly don’t need to know how to spell giddyup, which is an interjection used here as a verb. And you don’t need to provide details like the number of bags in the world. Personally I think that last sentence should include “only one billion trillion of each.”

You could use an advisor

There’s at least one person writing for yahoo.com who could use a little advice:

fp tripadviser

If you can’t hold the spelling of a name (like TripAdvisor) in your brain long enough to pound it on a keyboard, copy it and paste it into your text.

A grave mistake

I swear, the writers for Yahoo! Style have no idea how to use accent marks. They shouldn’t even try to put an accent over an E, because they’re going to get it wrong:

hermes sty hp

That’s an accent aigu and when it appears above an E, the E sounds like a long A (ay). And it’s wrong here. The correct accent, the accent grave, goes in the opposite direction: Hermès.

UPDATE

The Francophiles who write the headlines at Style have done it again with this update to the story:

hermes sty hp 2

They just can’t seem to get it right.

Please don’t try to correct others

If you’re going to rewrite a tweet from a celebrity like Katy Perry, please don’t introduce your own mistakes. It just makes you look arrogant, kinda like this writer from Yahoo! Celebrity:

immesurably cel

Hooked on Phonetics worked for me!

Spelling words phonetically can be a useful skill — but only if you pronounce words correctly. I’m pretty sure the Yahoo! Makers thinks she’s spelling this word exactly as she says it. Unfortunately.

dilapitated diy

The word is dilapidated, though I’ve heard some children pronounce it de-lap-i-tated. Of course, a competent editor or proofreader or a spell-checker would have corrected her mistake. And maybe her pronunciation.

Would that be Curt Schilling?

What the heck does schilling out mean? Nothing, since schilling isn’t a word (unless the writer for Yahoo! Style is making an oblique reference to baseball great Curt Schilling, in which case it means less than nothing).

schilling sty

Perhaps this is a misspelling of the verb shilling, which would mean promoting a product in a deceitful way. But what would shilling out mean? Nothing. It’s complete nonsense.

Maybe the writer means shelling out which would mean paying or handing over. That might make sense. So, not only did the writer use the wrong word, but she also misspelled it. I think.

Study debunks spelling of breast milk

After studying a few dictionaries, I can verify that this spelling of breast milk on Yahoo! Parenting is correct:

breastmilk par

Where in the world?

Where in the world did the writer for Yahoo! Style get the idea that there was a capital K in the city Oshkosh?

oshkosh sty

Maybe the writer was thinking of the children’s clothing line OshKosh B’gosh.

So, what was the Yahoo! Beauty writer thinking when she wrote about the Chinese city Kong Hong?

kong hong

Maybe she was hungry and was distracted by thoughts of sum dim.

Not to be outdone by the errors of other Yahoo! staffers, the writer for Yahoo! Sports came up with a creative spelling of Copperstown (and omitted the hyphen in Dominican-born):

coopertown spo

What is it about cities? Why are they so hard to spell correctly? Or is it just hard for Yahoo! staff?

My ‘aha’ moment

Reading this on Yahoo! Makers, I had an “aha” moment: This writer is in need of a competent editor and a course in English and writing:

a-ha diy

It wasn’t the incorrectly capitalized portobello; it wasn’t even the incorrectly hyphenated aha, although both indicate a careless writer unfamiliar with a basic dictionary. It was the dangling participle styling, which leads readers to believe that Mushroom Savanna did the styling of the fungi.

Someone should apologize for this

Someone at the Yahoo! front page should apologize to readers for this misspelling:

fp apoligizes

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