I prefer lattés

Why go to all the trouble of creating a graphic and then not proofread it? Or, proofread it and overlook the misspelling? Or proofread it and not know this is a misspelling?

lates diy

Why? Could be any or all of those reasons. I just don’t know the reason for mistakes at Yahoo! Makers.

Check this out!

Do you include pictures in your blog or website? Do you do a quality check after you publish them? You probably should. And the writers and editors at Yahoo! Style probably should, too:

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Refrigerator magnets of the Internet

You know those refrigerator magnets that hold just a single word? You’re supposed to arrange the words to create pithy sayings, obscene limericks, or just complete nonsense. Well, this sentence on the Yahoo! front page is like someone threw those magnets on a refrigerator and published the results:

fp huh

Reader beware

Where the heck did the writer for Yahoo! Style get the idea that ware works here?

neck-ware diy

It looks like she doesn’t know there’s a perfectly acceptable word that fits: neckwear. It ends in wear, just like many other words referring to articles of clothing: footwear, menswear, swimwear, sportswear. The words that end in ware are a tad different: hardware, software, silverware.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we’re treated to the indecision of Yahoo! editors as to the correct spelling of air strike (or is it airstrike?):

fp airstrikes air strikes

The American Heritage Dictionary prefers airstrike, although air strike is also acceptable. So just pick one and go with it.

Bird’s nest rears its head

Yahoo! Makers makes more than its fair share of errors, including capitalizing century for no logical reason. But the best of the worst gaffes is the mixed metaphor of a bird’s nest rearing its head. It’s inevitable:

birds nest diy

Be bad big

If you’re going to be bad, be bad in a big way. If you’re going to misspell Altuzarra, do it in big letters. If you work for Yahoo! Style, you didn’t need that “advice”; you’re already doing it:

altuzrarras sty

Time to call a cease-fire

It’s a cease-fire on the Yahoo! front page:

fp cease-fire

Except when it’s a ceasefire:

fp ceasefire

What do you do when you work for a media company with no standards for spelling and style? Do you use cease-fire or ceasefire? Or do you use both?

fp ceasefire cease-fire

Both spellings are acceptable, although the American Heritage Dictionary prefers cease-fire.

What do you do when there are alternative spellings for a word? You pick one.

These mistakes need to be stopped

Do the writers at the Yahoo! front page have a form of dyslexia that makes them see words in the wrong order? Mistakes like this need to be stopped:

fp need be to

Pain and discomfort

You know what would be great for readers of the Yahoo! front page? Simultaneous translations. It’d be so helpful if there were closed captions for the stuff written by Yahoo! staffers. It might explain what the heck this means:

fp discomfort

Does this mean: Insufficient rest contributes to pain and can increase discomfort? Well, duh. If it contributes to pain, I’d think that in and of itself would mean an increase in discomfort.


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