The thought, time and energy that go into editing have not increased exponentially on Yahoo! Sports:
More thought, time and energy might have led to correcting the mismatched plural subject and singular verbs.
The writer and editor at Yahoo! Style — neither of whom is a grammatical genius — thought this was correct:
In general neither, used as a pronoun, is grammatically singular and takes a singular verb like is, not are. Some experts are OK with neither taking a plural verb when it is followed by of and a plural, like: Neither of us know much about grammar.
This might just be a new record for number of errors in a single sentence:
It’s unimaginable to me (and to most English speakers) how the writer could think that sentence is okie-dokie for publication. She didn’t notice that prices starts is a grammatical horror? Or that prices can start at $700 and also go up to $1500. But there’s only one starting price for any item. And prices … is sold? That one made me spit out my sugar-free, nonfat vanilla latte. That’s so bad, I almost didn’t notice the random and totally unnecessary at.
Yahoo! Style staff seems to include a writer who is still learning English. That’s OK. There’s nothing wrong with hiring ESL students, especially if they’re working for a trade school, where on-the-job training is part of the experience. If they’re employed by a for-profit company, then they need a competent editor to avoid publishing an embarrassing statement like this:
Try to ignore the obvious grammatical gaffe and focus on the allegation that removing layers [of clothing] has never been exciting. You won’t get an argument from me.
Anyone have any idea how this grammatical gaffe slipped by the eagle-eyed editors at Yahoo! Style?