Refrigerator magnets of the Internet

Those wacky writers over at Yahoo! Makers are at it again! Throwing a bunch of words out to see what sticks. This time it has something to do with “tiny houses.” I think.

nonsense diy

What are the chances that the writer (who has the title of “editor”) proofread that sentence before publishing it? When “editors” can publish complete nonsense, is it any wonder the site is so poorly written?

That was kinda insensitive

Is the writer for Yahoo! Style tasteless or clueless?

carolyn bessette sty

Those blue words that you can barely read are “Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy.” The writer is speaking metaphorically, of course, but isn’t it a little insensitive to suggest you “ask” someone who died tragically? Or is the writer just ignorant of Ms. Bessette-Kennedy’s demise? I think either way, it’s embarrassing. Maybe that’s why they made the name nearly impossible to read.

Totally random words

From the Refrigerator Magnets of the Web style of writing, we are privileged to read these random words thrown against a kitchen appliance and then published on the Yahoo! front page:

fp heal your skin

Good to know. I think.

I’ll be direct

I’ll be direct: This spelling of DirecTV on the Yahoo! front page makes me wonder if the accompanying article is as reliable as

fp directtv

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.


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