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

Missed that grammar class?

Did you miss any classes in grammar? Just know it comes at a price. Without basic knowledge of grammar, you could look as ignorant as the Yahoo! Style editors, who can’t match a pronoun (which should be it) to its antecedent (fashion):

they sty hp

Dumbest Statement of the Day

Today’s dumbest statement comes in a sentence on Yahoo! Makers that’s packed with problems:

maze diy

There’s a word missing between each and with — I’m guessin’ it’s year. There’s the freaky use of the pronoun their, which has no antecedent, but which probably refers to farm. Or else it refers to the owners of the farm, which aren’t mentioned anywhere near that pronoun.

But the worst offense? The claim that the farm has been around for nearly 20 years, as if that’s a monumental accomplishment. In fact, the farm has been in the same family for ten generations, or nearly 300 years. Now that’s an accomplishment.

Jamming that many mistakes in a single sentence is accomplishment, too. Just not one to be proud of.

Uncovering the quote

Holy moley. In what universe is the pronoun its correct in this sentence from Yahoo! Style?

its baring sty

What does it refer to? newbie? tools? I think the writer meant tools and just didn’t recognize it as a plural noun requiring the plural pronoun their. It’s a careless oversight, just like using the wrong closing quotation mark.

I’m calling T-shirts baring a quote total BS. T-shirts don’t bare quotes, though they’ve been known to bear them.

This is so different

This little paragraph from Yahoo! Style is so different from what you’d expect from a senior editor:

us mortals sty

Wouldn’t you expect that someone with that title would know to use different from us and not different than us? Maybe that’s asking too much of someone who thinks that us can be the subject of a verb. It can’t. The fact is, we mere mortals who read Yahoo! know more about grammar than its “senior editors.”

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.


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