Dumbest Statement of the Day

This episode of Dumbest Statement of the Day comes to you from Yahoo! Makers, where makers make dumb mistakes:


What does “watercooler cookies” have to do with Monet, who was known for his paintings of water lilies? Uh, nothing. You might notice that the cookies look like they were painted with watercolors, and they are indeed called “Watercolor Cookies.” And what does that have to do with Monet? Uh, nothing. Monet didn’t paint with watercolors. So this writer screwed up the name of the cookies and screwed up with the reference to “Monet in the Bank.” Maybe that’s the dumbest statement of the week.

Stupid word choice, Yahoo edition

Where does Yahoo! Style go from here? Maybe next year the site will hire real editors and we’ll see some intelligent word choices on Yahoo!, 2016 edition:

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What were you sipping when you wrote that?

Was the writer of this headline on Yahoo! Makers sipping a little champagne when writing this?


Where did you get that idea?

Why? Why do some writers (and apparently their editors, too) think that you have to include a registered trademark symbol ® on registered trademarks? I’m at a complete loss to explain this on Yahoo! Makers:

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This is just ludicrous. Can you imagine if I had to include the symbol every time I wrote about Yahoo® on my Lenovo® Think Pad®? Stop it now!

This is news?

Is anyone surprised that Harvard University accepted only a fraction of  its 37,000 applicants?

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Geez, I would have thought it accepted all of them. Good to know that it was only a fraction, but what fraction? Perhaps the writer meant only a small or tiny fraction. We’re left to guess. I’m thinking maybe 99%.

What made you do that?

What made the writer and editor for Yahoo!® Style think it was necessary to put a ® after Barbie® and not after Bob Mackie®? Can you imagine what a sentence would look like if you put a ® on every registered trademark?

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Don’t do it! It’s just freakin’ wrong and really freaky looking.

I doubt that a book could do that

Are you as confused as I am reading this excerpt from Yahoo! Style?

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How would “Jane Eyre,” either the book or the movie, do a double take? Because the editors used italics for the name, it refers to a title. If they meant the character from the book or movie, well, she’s just plain Jane Eyre.

Kanye West in pink, mesh dress

Who wouldn’t want to see Kanye West in a pink, mesh dress? Unfortunately, there’s no photo to accompany this article on Yahoo! Style:

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In the future, homes will be made of heather

Yahoo! Beauty reports that in the future, homes will be heathy:

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I think that means they’ll be made of heath, also known as heather.

Does this make sense?

Somewhere in the brain of the Yahoo! Style writer, this makes sense.

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To the rest of the world this is a result of strange, warped thinking.


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