Is that even English?

I think this photo caption was originally written in Japanese and then translated by one of those apps written by someone with very limited knowledge of English:

all is sty

I don’t even know where to start with this one because I can’t understand any part of it. It has something to do with sunglasses, but not the “sports style” worn “a la” (does that mean à la?) Guy Fieri. But Mr. Fieri’s sunglasses aren’t possible, unlike other sunglasses. Is that what the writer meant? I won’t even go into the grammatical problems, of which there are many. I’ll just chalk this one up to ignorance of English and wonder why someone with such limited knowledge is allowed to write for a mega-company like Yahoo!.

The man of whom we speak

There’s at least one person who writes for a living, but has only a tenuous grasp of English grammar. Of course, the man of whom we speak is the Yahoo! Sports writer responsible for this:

of who mlb

Whoever did it should be embarrassed

There’s a dearth of competent editors over at Yahoo! Sports. Heck, there may be no editors at the website because any editor would know that the nominative case he is wrong following a preposition like between:

between he 1

Any editor would know that there’s a word missing in what should be a couple of years:

between he 2

And why can’t the writer and/or editor choose correct pronouns? The pronoun whomever is the objective case of whoever, which is the word the writer should have used since it’s the subject of the sentence.

Whoever wrote or edited this article should be embarrassed.

Between you and me, this is wrong

Here’s a common mistake on Yahoo! Sports — an incorrect pronoun:

between he mlb

The author probably thought that he was more erudite than the correct him. Between him and his editor, you’d think one of them would have spotted the error.

Have a question about grammar?

Have a question about grammar? I’ll do my best to get it answered. Have a question about Yahoo! Finance’s editors? I know I do! Like, how the heck did they think that the correct pronoun here is them and not it?

them fin tax

You think him was in a tight spot?

This grammatical gaffe on Yahoo! TV will never sit right with me:

with he tv

I just don’t understand this: Yahoo! writers continue to use the subjective case following a preposition. Does it really even sound right to them? Do they talk that way? Do they say, “With he in a tight spot”? And if they do, isn’t there anyone within earshot to say, “No, dummy. It’s with him.”

It’s still wrong

No matter how many times the Yahoo! Sports writer uses he as the object of the preposition between, it’s still wrong:

between he club spo mlb

It’s nearly a daily feature of Yahoo! Sports: A writer decides that he sounds more erudite than him, and uses it following a preposition. It doesn’t make the writer sound smart; on the contrary, it makes him sound ignorant and pretentious.

Between you and me, this sucks

Just between you and me, when I read something like this I have to wonder if English is the writer’s first language:

between he spo mlb bls

And then I wonder what the heck the editor was doing before this was published on Yahoo! Sports. And then I wonder if Yahoo! even has editors. And then I wonder why I’m surprised by grammatical mistakes on Yahoo!.

For those of you who don’t mind my getting a little grammar-nerdy, here’s the issue: The writer chose the wrong pronoun. The pronoun is the object of the preposition between and therefore should be in the objective case. (Get it? Object of preposition; objective case.) The objective cases are me, you, him, her, it, us, them (plus whom and whomever).

Each of these was wrong

In just seven words, the writer for Yahoo! Sports managed to squeeze in two mistakes:

each were spo bls

There’s the mismatch of the verb (which should be was) and its singular subject (each) and the plural possessive their (which should be its, to match its antecedent each).

Whose in Tiger Woods’ video?

Tiger Woods tweeted a video, but Yahoo! Sports can’t identified the person in the video:

video of him spo hp

If Mr. Woods is in the video, then that’s a video of himself, not him.


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