Why aren’t editors employed at Yahoo! Finance? They might actually prevent something like this:
Let’s overlook this awkwardly worded sentence from Yahoo! Finance and focus on one of my pet peeves: ATM machines. No, not the machines themselves, but this phrase:
It seems that the editors at yahoo.com were surprised that the worst global markets plunged as a result of the Brexit vote:
Wouldn’t you expect the worst markets to plunge? If you’re a frequent reader of Terribly Write, you’d also expect to find a mistake on the Yahoo! front page. In case it’s one word too many. I think. I’m guessin’ the editors meant: Brexit spurs global markets plunge. Or: Brexit spurs worst global markets plunge. Or something else.
After after spotting the repeated word on yahoo.com, I noticed the picture of Queen Elizabeth surrounded by children:
And then I read the caption and was shocked. Did no one at Yahoo! notice that the children in the picture are far too young to be the queen’s grandchildren? Did no one realize they are the queen’s great-grandchildren?
I could be urging the Yahoo! Style “news editor” to proofread her writing before she publishes it. But I won’t because if I did, we wouldn’t be treated to this bit of amusement:
I think a “gender neural dress code” specifies that male neurons must wear pants, and female axons must be covered at all times.
If this were written by a third-grader, the mistakes might be understandable. But coming from a professional writer for Yahoo! Style, they’re downright disgraceful:
Someone writing about fashion should know that paillettes needs two L’s; they are a type of sequin. And when the plural word is the subject of the sentence, it requires a plural subject. And Lord help her (because no one at Yahoo! will), the writer actually thinks that graceful is a suitable modifier for the verb floats. It is not; the adverb gracefully is.