Shortest pants ever?

If you’re a writer for Yahoo! Style, a site that’s about women and fashion (and some other things that defy categorization), shouldn’t you know something about, well, fashion? Apparently not. Here we see a photo caption that describes what must be the shortest pants ever worn by an adult:

inseam sty

Anyone who has ever worn, bought, or seen pants knows that the inseam is the length of the pants from the crotch to the hem; it is the length of the seam on the inside of the leg. Makes sense. So, what was the genius writer describing in this photo?

inseam pic

I’m guessin’ she was referring to the rise, the distance from the top of the waistband to the crotch. Or maybe she was describing a whole different outfit which we are not privileged to see.

Writer under fire

Sometimes it’s not the Yahoo! Finance writers that are under fire — but sometimes it is. Take this example of nonsense, which seems to indicate that the writer thinks “under fire” is somehow different from being a target:

under fire

I’d be pissed, too!

I’d be pissed, too if a video of my husband (drunk or not) removing my garter belt went viral. So after reading this on Yahoo! Style, who could blame the bride for suing the videographer?

garter belt wend

Most brides wear a garter on their wedding day. It’s worn on the thigh and looks kind of like this:

garter blue

A garter belt is an actual belt, worn around (or just below) the waist, like this:

garter belt pic 2

I don’t know why the groom was going after that particular garment, exposing more of his bride than modesty permits. Oh, wait! I do know why! He wasn’t trying to remove a garter belt, just a garter. Once again I’ve been duped by a dope who knows nothing of women’s undergarments.

Not a high school graduate?

Doesn’t every high school graduate know that the pronoun who refers to human beings? Apparently not. There must be colleges that accept applicants who don’t know that and at least one editor at who’s unaware of the rule:

fp colleges who

Almost right

Almost every reader of Yahoo! Sports would question this wording, wouldn’t they?

most every nba

It struck me as just plain wrong to use most instead of almost. But apparently some authorities consider it acceptable in informal speech, but advise against using it in formal writing. And almost all of them also add: It’s best to use almost, rather than most, in similar situations, like almost everyone, almost everybody, almost everything.

Your dont have an editor

If you’re trying to make a list of investment on Yahoo! Finance, you might reconsider using that site after encountering this message:

your dont fin

To Yahoo! Finance staff: You don’t have any editors do you?

What could you ask a dress code?

Oh, to be a fly on the wall when a student made a formal request of a dress code. What could she ask for? What did the dress code say? And why am I talking about this? Because I read this on Yahoo! Style:

petitions sty hp

This is yet another case of an editor with a vocabulary deficit. She clearly has no idea what petition means and how to use it. As a verb petition means to ask for (by a petition) or to make a request. Maybe the student petitioned the school administration concerning the dress code. Maybe the student opposed the school dress code. Maybe the writer would learn some basic English.

Hocked? I’m shocked!

I’m shocked, but probably shouldn’t be. This Yahoo! Style writer (and her editor, if she has one) thinks that hocked means sold:

hocked sty

It does not. The verb hock means to pawn, as in, “she hocked her dictionary at the local pawn shop because she felt she didn’t need it.” The verb the writer should have used is hawked.

Knowledge of English optional

Day after day I encounter the most unusual word choices on Yahoo!. In just the last few days, I’ve noticed that Yahoo! scribes don’t know the difference between a debriefing and a debunking, a degree and a diploma, and a regimen and a regiment. Now, a vocabulary-challenged writer for Yahoo! Style adds more examples. It seems that she thinks one ascribes to a style, rather than subscribing to one:

ascribe to sty

And she clearly overlooked the fact that buzzword contains the word word for reason: A buzzword is a word or phrase — not a trend:

buzzword sty

I suppose that for those writers with a limited or faulty vocabulary, a job at Yahoo! is a godsend. So, there’s that.

This couldn’t be further from good

This is kinda the mother of all bad word choices on Yahoo! Style:

father than sty

That couldn’t be further from the correct words.

UPDATE: After I took that screen-grab, the paragraph was changed, presumably by an editor. To the editor’s credit, an incorrect pronoun was changed (from their to its) and a hyphen was added to photo-altering. And the father than the truth got a little closer to correct, though it’s still wrong:

father than sty 2

If you mean a physical distance, then farther is correct; for a metaphorical distance, the correct word is further.


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