Put down the eggnog

The editors at yahoo.com must have been hitting the bourbon-laced eggnog pretty hard this weekend. That’s about the only explanation I have for this bit of nonsense disguised as a sentence:

fp who falls

What the heck does that mean? Did the editor mean: Roethlisberger is just one of a few star signal-callers who fall short of their normal standards? That would mean the writer left out at least one word and couldn’t match a verb to its subject and a pronoun to its antecedent. Given yahoo.com’s standards, that’s entirely possible.

It’s also possible the editor meant: Roethlisberger is just one star signal-caller who falls short of his normal standards. That would mean the writer included a few totally extraneous words and used a plural when a singular signal-caller would be correct.

I’m so confused. But not as confused as those editors at Yahoo!. I think I’ll lay off the eggnog for a while.

Between you and me, this sucks

OK, so maybe “sucks” is a rather strong word for a grammatical goof that is so obvious, even a child would notice it. It looks like the Yahoo! Style writer didn’t get much help from her colleagues. Between her and the editors, no one could come up with the correct pronoun:

between she

He and his? Gee whiz!

Golly! How the heck did this Yahoo! Style graduate from high school with this command of English grammar?

his and his sty

When did he become a substitute for his? When this writer hit the keyboard.

We readers are appalled

This is definitely a grammatical error we readers of Yahoo! Style find appalling:

us gals sty

Shocking headline!

What’s shocking about this headline on Yahoo! Style is not the subject, but the incorrect use of a pronoun:

and i sty fp

That I should be me. But you knew that. Pity the editor at Style didn’t know that.

Who or what are they?

Here’s a handy little tip from Yahoo! Makers; can you figure out what the heck it’s recommending?

crayons they diy hp

I get that it has something to do with crayons and that either gifts or crayons are wrapped in butcher paper. So which of those will have something to do after the gifts are unwrapped or not unwrapped? The crayons? The gifts?

Yeah, well, it’s kinda confusing when you use a pronoun like they and you forget to include the word that it refers to (called an antecedent).

She struggles

Oh, lordie, I’m struggling to try to figure out what made the writer for Yahoo! Celebrity think this was correct:

she struggles cel

The writer obviously has problems with English grammar. Her struggles are embarrassing.  Do I really need to explain to her (and her editor, if she had one) that the possessive of the pronoun she is not she. It is her.

A snapshot of whom?

Who is Amy Schumer talking about when she mentioned a snapshot of her? She was talking about herself, and that’s the pronoun the writer for Yahoo! Celebrity should have used:

of her cel

Some really flaky spelling

Everybody loves a well-written article, but don’t go looking for one on Yahoo! Makers. This writer must have had loaves on the brain when she wrote this:

loaves diy

She manages to use the preferred spelling flaky once, but chooses an alternate spelling just a few words later. But she goes completely off the rails with her use of the plural pronouns them and they, which are lacking an antecedent. If she had written about biscuits, and not a biscuit, they’d be okie-dokie. But she didn’t. Boo.

We are appalled

We lovers of all things grammatical are appalled by this gaffe on Yahoo! Makers, made by someone with the title of editor:

us lovers


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