This Yahoo! Celebrity writer and his/her editor have a problem with grammar — specifically, matching a verb to its subject:
Let’s take the charitable view and call this a typo on Yahoo! News:
Typo or egregious grammatical error? Doesn’t matter when it’s in a headline that big. It looks really bad.
While I’m pondering what “capitol letters” are (could they be missives to representatives on Capitol Hill?), you can ponder the mystery that is a mismatched subject and verb on Yahoo! Finance:
The word capitol means only one thing: A building or buildings where legislatures meet. If you mean something else (including uppercase letters), use capital. Maybe someone at Yahoo! can explain why using incorrect words does not matter to the Internet giant.
While reading this photo caption on Yahoo! Style, I was struck by the writer’s use of the British whilst:
Perhaps Yahoo! outsourced the writing to an almost-English-speaking country. Maybe this was written for a UK site, and not for the American market. Maybe that’s why the writer capitalized queen; in some countries that are not the United States, that might actually be correct. And maybe that Lady Fag she writes of isn’t related to Ladyfag, the writer from New York City. The typo of that for than might be okie-dokie in the land where she lives. But in no English-speaking country is is what makes an acceptable substitute for the correct are what make.
It looks like this Yahoo! Finance writer didn’t bother buying a grammar book. Perhaps she was concerned that the cost of books has soared. Perhaps she thought that she mastered grammar in fifth grade. Perhaps she can’t identify a singular subject (like cost) and match the correct verb to it (like has soared):