The whole world is watching on

With the whole world watching — the whole world looking on — the Yahoo! Style writer mashes up two common verbs. The result is not pretty:

watching on sty

Fewer destructions would be good

One less destruction would be a good start in correcting this on

fp destruction

Instead of instead use another word instead

Instead of proofreading, the folks at chose to publish this with a superfluous word instead:

fp instead instead

That’s what it means

I think that’s what merging means, but the editors on the Yahoo! front page don’t think we know that:

fp merging together

You too can look like this

By pairing extra words (like pair of when referring to a single skirt) and an incorrect word (like to instead of too), you too can look like a Yahoo! Style writer:

you to can sty

Didn’t go to school in the U.S.?

People outside the United States just don’t understand the names we give to each year in a high school or college. They can’t always remember that freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior are the four years of education. So, maybe if the writer isn’t from the U.S., he or she doesn’t know that a student in the third year of college is a junior, not a junior student:

fp junior student

How how do you make a mistake like that?

How how do you make a mistake like this and how how do you miss it when you proofread?

fp how how

Oh, yeah, I forgot. The people who write for the Yahoo! front page don’t believe in proofreading before publishing. That’s how how.

Typo typo you won’t believe

No explanation is necessary (or even possible) for this embarrassment on the Yahoo! front page:

fp baby baby

Error spans the globe

When an error is made on the Yahoo! front page, it’s seen by millions of people around the globe. In some countries, readers might think that this is correct, because Yahoo! is one of the largest Internet sites in the world and has the resources and responsibility to publish quality content:

sp span across

But, that’s not correct. A bridge spans a river, not across a river. A career can span 40 years, not across 40 years. And this error spans the globe.

Isn’t that what a schoolhouse is?

There they go again! Outsourcing the writing on to some third-world country where folks are unfamiliar with English and American culture:

fp schoolhouse

News flash: Nobody says “schoolhouse building” because a schoolhouse is a building. Adding the word building is not only redundant, it’s practically un-American.


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