Stay in school and get that diploma!

My advice to this associate editor for Yahoo! Style? Stay in school and get that high school diploma. Or take some GED classes that include basic English vocabulary. Then, you might not make this embarrassing mistake:

matriculation ceremony

That’s from an article about a student graduating from high school, not entering a college or university, which is what matriculation means. It’s a word I’d expect would be familiar to a high school graduate. But maybe I’m wrong.

Messing around with the language

If this Yahoo! Style writer is going to go for a common idiom, she does mess around:

mess aground sty

This delightful malapropism screams funny.

Did anyone hear her signing?

I just don’t understand the controversy that was recently covered by Yahoo! Sports. How many people could actually hear a woman signing the national anthem? I thought signing was a way to communicate with people who are hearing-challenged and therefore didn’t involve sounds:

signing mlb

Josh Hamilton: A man for our season

Josh Hamilton is ours for the season. I think. Or maybe he’s out for the season. I think. What do you think this headline from Yahoo! Sports really means?

our for season spo

You’ve got a friend at KFC

Selena Gomez loves friend chicken. At least that’s what this Yahoo! Celebrity writer tells us:

friend chicken cel

If you think readers don’t notice typos, think again. Here are a few comments from readers of the article:

  • “I love a good plate of friend chicken,” she revealed. MMMM, I love me some FRIEND chicken, too. Sheesh, who edits this stuff?
  • Is “friend chicken” a mexican thing?
  • friend chicken? lol. please fix your typo.
  • I also love a good plate of FRIEND chicken.
  • I’ll be on the lookout for “friend chicken”…sounds interesting. In the meantime, will have some KFC tonight in her honor.
  • Extra crispy friend chicken is my fav.

Is that even English?

I think this photo caption was originally written in Japanese and then translated by one of those apps written by someone with very limited knowledge of English:

all is sty

I don’t even know where to start with this one because I can’t understand any part of it. It has something to do with sunglasses, but not the “sports style” worn “a la” (does that mean à la?) Guy Fieri. But Mr. Fieri’s sunglasses aren’t possible, unlike other sunglasses. Is that what the writer meant? I won’t even go into the grammatical problems, of which there are many. I’ll just chalk this one up to ignorance of English and wonder why someone with such limited knowledge is allowed to write for a mega-company like Yahoo!.

Was she standing on a ladder?

How did this Yahoo! Style writer’s mother get to be the upmost? Was she standing on a ladder?

upmost sty

Do you think she was the most understanding?

It’s a slippery slope

It’s a slippery slope when you try to use a common idiom and get it wrong. Just look at this example from the news editor at Yahoo! Style:

slippery road sty

When you get something as simple as that wrong, the rest of the sentence will just fall apart.

Neither is correct

In this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports, neither or nor are is correct:

neither or are mlb

The correlative conjunction pair is neither…nor, not neither…or. And when neither…nor joins two nouns as the subject of a sentence, the verb (which should be is denying) must agree with the noun closer to it (which is Gordon).

An adaptation of adaptation

It looks like someone at yahoo.com made an adaptation of adaptation, or just chose to use the less common adaption:

fp adaption

Some dictionaries don’t recognize adaption as a legitimate word. Others cite adaption as a variation of the preferred adaptation. Are they both correct? According to Grammarist:

 … the longer word, adaptation, is preferred by most publications and is much more common. Adaption is not completely absent, but it usually gives way to the longer form in edited writing. 

Aha! The word adaptation is the preferred option in edited writing. That explains why adaption appears on Yahoo!.

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