How about a little vocabulary building?

Here’s a sign a Yahoo! Style writer could use a little vocabulary-building course. Or absent that, a competent editor with a high education:

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Could there be plenty of stars and a smattering of celebrities at a party? Yes, but only if you think smattering means “lots, loads, tons” and not “a small number.”

Hall of Fame error

If there were a Hall of Fame for the overuse of hyphens, Yahoo! Sports would be in it:

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There’s no reason to hyphenate a proper noun, even when it’s used as an adjective.

Check and double check

Here’s a simple lesson for all bloggers, courtesy of Yahoo! News: It’s not enough to proofread your posts before publishing them. You should check them after they’re published, too. It’s a lesson the folks at Yahoo! are still learning, as evidenced by this headline:

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and this one:

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No one noticed?

Can you believe that no one at Yahoo! Finance noticed that there’s a little problem with a photo?

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Can you believe it? Yeah, I can.

Waiving simultaneous translation

If I were interested in this topic on the home page of Yahoo! Style, I might ask someone to translate this headline for me:

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What’s the excuse for this?

Somewhere in the deep recesses of the mind of a Yahoo! Answers writer, this makes sense:

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To the rest of us, it’s just one non sequitur after another.

Is that like Caitlin Jenner?

I had no idea that there were that many people transitioning from male to female. But according to Yahoo! Style, there’s a workforce in China made up entirely of 70% women:

70 pc women sty

When the workers complete their gender reassignment, will they be 100% women?

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:

pay respect spo hp

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:

hungry moths sty

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:

flag sty

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.

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