This magazine wants you to read its magazine

Maxim is a magazine. The writer for Yahoo! Style seems to have forgotten that. She thinks Maxim (when it’s in italics) is the company that publishes the magazine and that you can refer to a company by a plural pronoun. She’s wrong on both counts:

their magazine sty

She needs an editor to take the reins and correct her word usage. An editor who’ll remove coverups from a list of swimsuits since it’s not an actual swimsuit. An editor who’ll remove a galloping case of redundancy and who’ll make sense of this final sentence:

swimsuits sty

Let’s be honest

Let’s be honest: This Yahoo! Style writer has no idea that let’s is a contraction of let us and requires an apostrophe:

lets be honest sty

She also doesn’t realize that eleven years is not a wait, but a length of time, which might be a long time to wait for something. Maybe she thought eleven years is a long time to wait for an education, and dropped out of high school. Maybe if she had stayed in school she would have learned a little grammar, like matching a pronoun with its antecedent.

Eek! It’s a wrong word! And another!

Eek! A mouse! That’s what cartoon characters scream as they jump onto the nearest chair. What the Yahoo! Celebrity writer meant was eke:

eek out cel

The pronoun who should be reserved for people (or animals with human-like qualities). In spite of what former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said, corporations are not people.The correct word in this context is which.

Having a bad day?

Someone (or someones) must be having a bad day over at Yahoo! Celebrity, because there’s more than an average number of mistakes on the site’s home page.

Maybe the writer is a bit under the weather, and didn’t think to hit the Shift key when writing about the Bible:

cel bible

Or maybe the writer is struggling with the whole transgender thing, and it’s affected his or her spelling:

cel trangender

That might explain difficulty with choosing a pronoun here:

cel pic of her

The pronoun her is close, and yet so wrong. A reflexive pronoun like herself is required when the pronoun refers to the subject of the sentence.

Well, the day is young (at least where I am); maybe it’ll get better for the folks at Yahoo.

Each with her own mistakes

Yahoo! Style publishes articles by several women, each with her own style and her own interpretation of English grammar.

their own sty

At least one gal thinks it’s OK to use a plural pronoun (like, oh, say, their) to refer to a woman. It’s not. The correct pronoun is her.

No wonder

No wonder there are so many grammatical mistakes on Yahoo!. Here’s an excerpt from an article on Yahoo! Travel — written by someone with the title Managing Editor:

and i trav

If you think that readers don’t notice grammatical errors,  a comment on the article should disabuse you of that notion:

To Jo Piazza, Managing Editor: “offered my boyfriend and I” …. should be “offered my boyfriend and me”… I guess it doesn’t take much to be managing editor anymore.

Who are they?

Somebody will get more than Spotify got, according to the Yahoo! front page:

fp theyll

But who? I’ve been searching that sentence and the headline above it to try to ascertain who they is. That pronoun simply has no antecedent. Perhaps the writer meant it’ll, referring to Apple Music, a decidedly singular entity.

When her is she

It’s hard for me to imagine that there’s an English-speaking adult writing for Yahoo! Celebrity who thinks that this is correct:

of her cel

This might just be part of a growing trend to replace objective case pronouns (like me, her, him) with subjective case pronouns (I, she, he) because they sound more erudite.

Carrie Underwood’s son

It’s not uncommon to see hyphens where they don’t belong on Yahoo! Style. It’s not uncommon to see a misspelled name. (Carrie Underwood’s son is Isaiah.) What’s less common is the use of two different pronouns to refer to the same antecedent:


Only one of those pronouns is correct, and it’s not the misspelled thier. They both refer to E!, which is short for E! Online. It’s a singular noun that should be referred to by the singular pronouns it and its.

Of all the grammar mistakes made by Yahoo! writers and editors, this is probably one of the worst because it’s in the first word of the first sentence of the first paragraph. And it’s soooo obviously wrong:

me and my par

I don’t know anyone, much less a professional writer, who would say that, much less write that. The Yahoo! Parenting writer needs to go back to second grade or start hanging out with people who speak correct English.

You, me, and the rest of the English-speaking world know that the correct pronoun is I, not me. And if it sounds awkward as the first word that’s because it shouldn’t be the first word. The pronoun I should come second in the compound subject: My 7-year-old son Jack and I.


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