Respecting the language

Maybe it’s time to pay respects to the English language. Judging by this incorrect word on the home page of Yahoo! Sports, it may be dying:

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Like a bad simile, but worse

Similes can be a great literary device, unless you’re really bad at writing one, like this Yahoo! Style writer:

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The expression “like moths to a flame” refers to the insect that is inexplicably drawn to light. No one knows why, but of all the theories about the reasons for this phenomenon, none include hunger. And there’s no evidence that moths salivate. This simile makes no sense; it’s as clear as mud.

Is this a joke?

When a site makes as many mistakes as Yahoo! Style does, it’s impossible to tell the difference between a hideous error and a deliberate attempt at humor or irony. Take this flag, for instance, which appeared on the site’s home page:

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Maybe to someone living in China, it looks like an American flag. But to Americans, it looks like a horrible imitation with its 61 stars. All Americans know their flag has only 50 stars.

Did the person who chose that image know it was wrong? We’ll never know.

Something else is scrambled

It looks like this headline and picture on Yahoo! Food got a bit scrambled:

scrambled eggs food

That doesn’t look like scrambled eggs to me.

Check your calendar

Anyone who trusts that the Yahoo! Style writer knows how to read a calendar is a tad foolish:

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This Sunday is Valentine’s Day, February 14. The Grammys are on the 15th, but that would be Monday.

Is that a joke?

It’s entirely possible that the Yahoo! Style staff was attempting to be humorous when they wrote this:

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But I’m not so sure. They make so many mistakes and have demonstrated such an extreme ignorance of the French language, that they really do not know that très chic is French.

Getting rid of ‘social imbibers’ can be beneficial

Did you know that ditching drinking and even social imbibers can be good for you? That’s what the editors at yahoo.com claim, though I suspect they have no idea where to insert a parenthetical phrase:

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s really big underwear

Cristiano Ronaldo has either every large underwear or very small balls (I’m talking soccer balls):

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We’ll have to ask the Yahoo! Style editor for an explanation of how he manages to juggle balls in his underwear.

Getting words in the order wrong

If someone paid to have this written for yahoo.com, I’d suggest they try getting half or more of their money back:

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How would you answer?

In a series of interviews, this Yahoo! Style asked designers this enigmatic question:

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And surprisingly, they all were able to answer it, even if they couldn’t understand it.

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