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:
Similes can be a great literary device, unless you’re really bad at writing one, like this Yahoo! Style writer:
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.
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:
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.
In a series of interviews, this Yahoo! Style asked designers this enigmatic question:
And surprisingly, they all were able to answer it, even if they couldn’t understand it.