Editing and proofreading are the perfect combination

Editing and proofreading are the perfect combination to avoid the kind of grammatical error like this one from Yahoo! Style:

was sty

Striking the wrong chord

Nothing in this photo caption on Yahoo! Style hits the right note or strikes a chord with me:

hit cord sty

I’m embarrassed for the writer. She managed to screw up a common expression in two ways: The expression is “hit the right note” or “strike a chord” (but she can’t even use the correct homophone in the latter). It’s followed in the same sentence with a mismatched subject and verb. And to prove that she’s not just grammatically and verbally impaired, she shows that she knows little about the subject of this mess by misspelling Céline. I’ve read high school newspapers that are better written and edited than this.

All shook up?

Was the writer for Yahoo! Sports shaken by rumors of the Internet giants demise? Is that why he chose the wrong verb here?

was shook mlb

Neither is correct

Neither the verb are nor the noun employees is correct in this excerpt from Yahoo! Beauty:

neither are emplo new

As a pronoun neither is singular. The writer, whose title is Beauty and Health Editor, should have written: neither is an employee.

Sharpness and foresight are two traits

It seems that the Yahoo! TV writers can’t count, or they think sharpness and foresight are a single entity:

sharpness foresight is cel

Were a writer and editor involved?

Were both a writer and an editor involved in this article for Yahoo! Sports?

each have nba

If so, each has overlooked a grammatical goof: A singular pronoun (each) with a plural verb.

Time to turn in your keyboard

Someone at Yahoo! Style should turn in her keyboard and look for another line of work, preferably one not involving writing:

williams sty

If you’re wondering whom this article is about, you’re not alone. It’s about Leslie Williams or Leslie Williamson. Or maybe someone else entirely. Getting the name of your subject right seems to me to be a basic principle of writing. Also, familiarity with basic grammar (like the ability to match a verb to its subject) would also seem to be a requirement of a journalist. Except at Yahoo!. (For those of you who are curious, the photographer is Leslie Williamson. At least the writer got it right once.)

This is not exceptional

Unfortunately, grammatical mistakes aren’t unusual at Yahoo! Sports.

was spo mlb

This time it’s a mismatch of a verb (which should be were) with a plural subject. But you knew that.

‘This is embarrassing,’ says readers

Ugh. This headline on Yahoo! Style is not only embarrassing, it’s also confusing:

says pundits sty

Is that what one pundit says or what pundits say? I’m so confused.

Each of these was wrong

In just seven words, the writer for Yahoo! Sports managed to squeeze in two mistakes:

each were spo bls

There’s the mismatch of the verb (which should be was) and its singular subject (each) and the plural possessive their (which should be its, to match its antecedent each).


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