Based on my knowledge of English

Based on my knowledge of English, I’d say that this Yahoo! Style writer has trouble with common idioms (like based on) and likes to use redundant words (like off of):


Not done with Lea Michele

Yesterday we learned that the folks at Yahoo! Style have trouble spelling Lea Michele’s name. You might think the misspelling was a mere typo, but you would be wrong. In the article about Ms. Michele, the writer gets her name wrong twice in the opening paragraph:


Not content to abuse Ms. Michele’s name, the writer took a sledgehammer to the English language with has sang (does anyone think that’s correct?), followed by a misplaced apostrophe in what should be Kohl’s, followed by a bit of nonsense that I think should be get to see which workout kicked and the ridiculous ideal of a perfect night (which I think is supposed to be idea of a perfect night).

The rest of the article doesn’t get any better. It contains more misspellings, more misplaced and missing punctuation, and a whole lot of unintelligible word salad. I’ve seen better writing in a high school newspaper. Maybe I should stick to reading that.

Your attendance at an English class is recommended

Attendance at an English class is recommended for this Yahoo! Style, who has a little problem with a little word:


How many daughters are the Obamas hiding?

President and Mrs. Obama admit to having two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Is there a third daughter hidden away in the White House attic? That’s what I’m wondering after reading this on


If the president has only two daughters, then Sasha would be the younger of the two. But the word youngest implies he has at least three. Where is the third? And why is he hiding her? This is how rumors (and hoaxes) get started…

That’s altogether different

This Yahoo! Style writer should get a jump-start on her high school diploma and head over to a dictionary. She might learn that jump-start has a hyphen, workout is one word when it’s a noun and this sentence is altogether different from correct:


Let’s say this all together: If you mean “totally, entirely, completely,” use altogether. Use all together when you mean “together, as a unit or whole.”

A daughter and their dorms

When writers drop their article off at their editor’s desk, the last thing they want to think about is the likelihood of its containing grammatical errors. At least one Yahoo! Beauty didn’t think about grammar (or her reader) when she wrote this:


According to that excerpt, parents — not the daughter — are the ones living at dorms — not a dorm. It takes a special kind of determined reader (like moi) to try to decipher that sentence and ascertain what caused the train wreck. It’s pretty simple: the wrong pronoun (it should be her, not their) and a wrong plural (it should be dorm).

My memory’s not that good

This excerpt should have been written in memory of the English language, which seems to have died at Yahoo! Style:


Not a real reporter?

Are the folks who write for real reporters or former journalists? Looking at this, I’d say no:


Mistakes like that are underreported in blogs about writing and grammar. That’s why I’m here: To let folks know that undercovered is not a word. The word is underreported. I’d think that a real journalist would know that.

Kate Beckinsale is in favor

Kate Beckinsale is in good graces, but the writer for Yahoo! Style doesn’t tell us with whom:


If you can decipher the rest of the sentence you might conclude that Ms. Beckinsale is actually in good company. The writer of this article isn’t exactly in good graces with readers, but she is in good company at Yahoo!. If not good company, then at least lots of company. Writers at the Internet giant use words incorrectly every day (or everyday, as they would write).

Criticism is warranted, but the bride isn’t

If there’s an editorial equivalent of a bridezilla, I’m probably it. The title would be warranted. But I wouldn’t be. Likewise, criticism of this word choice by a Yahoo! Style writer is warranted:


The bride might be justified, the title might be warranted, her actions might be warranted. But could the bride be warranted? Not so much.

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