What to do when a grammatical error makes you want to scream

I say scream, like I’m screaming right now at the editors at Yahoo! Health who can’t match a verb to a subject:

make you hea hp

Seriously, where did these people go to school? Didn’t they learn that when a compound subject is joined by the conjunction or, the verb must agree with the subject closest to it? That would be love and the verb should be makes.

That feels wrong

Indeed, the big words and ambiguous adjectives feel like the Yahoo! Style writer should have spent more time proofreading, and less time flipping through a thesaurus:

feels sty

How did they get them on?

I thought that it was fairly shameful that the Yahoo! Style staff, who apparently all wrote this caption, didn’t know that each is a singular noun and that are wearing was the correct verb to go with it:

each of whom are

But then I read a few more words and realized the staff writers were pulling their readers’ legs! They were joking! Because nobody would seriously write that each model was wearing four jean styles. How would they even put on four pairs of jeans? I’ve never managed to pull on more than two at one time.


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:

graceful sty

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.

Neither has commented

Neither the Yahoo! Celebrity writer nor editor has commented on this grammatical gaffe:

have commented cel

When two subjects are joined by neither…nor, the verb must agree with the subject closer to it. In this case, the verb must agree with Jungwirth and should be has commented.

Not a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer

With this many mistakes in a single sentence, it’s a safe bet that this Yahoo! Style writer won’t be winning any journalism prizes:

emmy-award sty

I gotta give her credit for trying to use a hyphen, though she got that wrong. It should be Emmy Award-winning. It’s downhill from there: that was featured should be who were featured. Although it’s not grammatically incorrect to refer to human beings with that, it is considered impolite; that’s why she should have used who. And was featured is grammatically horrific since its subject is powerhouses. Finally, we have women in the TV, which may sound correct to those learning English. To the rest of us, it’s the worst.

Where were was wrong

A recent article on Yahoo! Style contains a lot of mistakes, grammatical and otherwise. Among those that caught my eye was this mismatch of subject and verb:

were 4 was sty

Hi, I’m actually America Ferrera

How ironic. In an excerpt from Yahoo! TV, staff writers note that America Ferrera has been mistaken for Gina Rodriguez, but the writers repeatedly mistake her for someone named Ferrara:

america ferrara tv

She’s not Ms. Ferrara or Ms. Rodriguez. Neither of them is the actress. It seems the writers are as bad with grammar as they are with identifying TV stars.

Everyone are horrified

Everyone from the casual reader to the grammar geek is dying to know why the Yahoo! Style writer thought this was correct:

everyone are dying sty

Are layoff rumors affecting yahoo.com staff?

OK, I feel really bad about this. Obviously there’s something seriously wrong with the editors of the Yahoo! front page. Maybe the rumors of layoffs are affecting their ability to do their work. There must be an explanation for the number and seriousness of errors on yahoo.com (besides the fact that no one there bothers to proofread or verify the writing).

It started this morning when I noticed this creative spelling of Instagram:

fp instragram

And the errors kept coming, like this string of words that looks suspiciously like a sentence, but lacks a verb:

fp no verb

Seriously? Have we not been bombarded with Star Wars stories for the last six months? How would you explain the writer’s screw-up of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” title?

fp a force

Stuffed-crust-pizza lovers are sure to want to sink their teeth into a crust filled with sausage and tomatoes:

fp crust

I can’t imagine how high that crust must be to hold all that filling. As for me, I’m happy with a pizza crust topped with sausage and tomato.

Then, there’s this story about an altercation with details that the editor apparently made up:

fp shoving

The article behind this headline states that Ms. Titus was hurt when she was shoved into a window frame. Nowhere does it state that she was “roughed up” after being shoved. Someone has a vivid imagination.

But wait! There’s more. A misspelling of Stephen Curry’s name isn’t the worst mistake today. Maybe the R key got stuck:

fp currry

And finally (at least I hope it’s the final giant gaffe of the day), there’s this ridiculous contention that airbrushing was used to add children to a photograph:

fp airbrushed

Oh, there’s also the bewildering photos’s, which is beyond ridiculous.

This is all too sad. Sad, sad, sad.


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