Published before its time

It looks like no one checked this photo caption on Yahoo! Style before it was published:

tk style

The letters TK are what real journalists use to stand for “to come,” meaning that some details will be filled in later by the writer and that the text is not ready for publication. So it’s both surprising to me that the writer knew this abbreviation and not surprising to me that the article was published with it intact.

I’ll never ever understand

I’ll never ever understand who sentences like this one from Yahoo! TV get past the editors:

none never

If I believe this, then all pupils on “The Simpsons” seem to graduate. Which is not what the writer meant. Someone needs to explain the effect of a double negative like none and never.

What does Salma Hayek keep in her lingerie?

If you believe Yahoo! Style (and really, why wouldn’t you?) she sports pink lipstick and a bold cat eye in her undies:

hayek in lingerie

Looking for an authoritative source for news?

If you’re looking for an authoritative source for news on the Internet,  check out Yahoo! News, where the information is at least comprehensive, if not timely or accurate:

resign news

Yahoo! is on top of breaking news, reporting that Ms. Archuleta will not resign, will resign, and has resigned simultaneously. Just another great bit of journalism from Yahoo! News.

How to instantly spot a ‘fake’ news site

If the words in a sentence are out of order, you’re reading a fake news site — and it’s probably

fp your is

Dumbest Misspelling of the Day

I’m thinking of starting a new feature on Terribly Write: Dumbest Misspelling of the Day. I thought of it when I read this on Yahoo! Style:


Perhaps the writer was just exercising her creativity when she came up with this imaginative misspelling of neckerchief.

It’s called proofreading

Words can be corrected using a technique called that proofreading puts words in the correct order. Maybe the folks at should look into it:

fp called that

Is that the only way?

There must be another way to test the Yahoo! News page. Today the results of testing were exposed to millions of readers:

test news 3

Yesterday saw more testing in public view:

test test news

I suppose it’s a good thing. Yahoo! seems to be trying to make sure its content is displayed correctly. Now if it would show some concern about the quality of that content…

Breathing a sense of calm

When breathing clean air just isn’t enough, try breathing a sense of calm. It worked for this Yahoo! Travel writer:

sense of calm breathe tra

If it ends in S, give it an apostrophe

The basic rule of punctuation over at Yahoo! Style seems to be: If a word or name ends in S, add an apostrophe.

rivers apos passed sty

It may not be the worst mistake they’ll make and maybe there are people reading right past that error. But most people won’t get past the passed, which passes for past.


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