How many jobs?

Huh? How many jobs could disappear, according to

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There’s no way of knowing because million of should be either million or millions.

Pesky little typos. Always screwing things up for the reader.

How to repel readers

Want to repel your readers? Just follow the example of this writer for Yahoo! Makers who looked at this photo…

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and decided the workers were repelling down a dam:

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That’s a picture of workers as they rappel down the dam. Damn! That’s an embarrassing mistake.

The end of English is nigh

If you read just about any article on Yahoo! Style, you probably think that the end of the English language is nigh.

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Can you hear that horse laugh coming from Style’s readers? That would be a neigh.

That’s my word and I’m stickin’ with it

In an age when writers — even professional writers like those at Yahoo! Makers — don’t know much about the language they’re writing in, you’re bound to find an incorrect word:

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The writer is so fond of the word where to refer to time (instead of when), she repeats:

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She may not be the most careful writer, but ya’ gotta give her credit for persistence.

Would that be Curt Schilling?

What the heck does schilling out mean? Nothing, since schilling isn’t a word (unless the writer for Yahoo! Style is making an oblique reference to baseball great Curt Schilling, in which case it means less than nothing).

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Perhaps this is a misspelling of the verb shilling, which would mean promoting a product in a deceitful way. But what would shilling out mean? Nothing. It’s complete nonsense.

Maybe the writer means shelling out which would mean paying or handing over. That might make sense. So, not only did the writer use the wrong word, but she also misspelled it. I think.

Million-dollar painted

What do the writers and editors at Yahoo! Makers make? Mistakes:

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If you’re wondering what painted object could be worth a million dollars, you’re not alone. The million-dollar object is a painting.

Soon-to-be-edited article

Ha-ha! I kid. I am a kidder. This article from Yahoo! Style about an engaged woman isn’t going to be edited (or maybe it has been edited. Scary thought, no?):

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The writer seems to think that betrothed means married. It doesn’t. It means engaged.

Whoever decided this was correct…

Whoever decided that whomever was correct in this excerpt from Yahoo! Style was wrong:

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The pronoun whomever is the objective case of whoever, meaning that it can be the object of a preposition, but not the subject of a verb like, oh, say decided.

Sometimes I think writers use whom and whomever because they think it sounds more sophisticated or erudite. When used correctly, it might.

Can you vote for ‘top snubs’?

I’m so confused by this sentence on the Yahoo! front page. What the heck would I be voting for?

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It took me a few readings to realize that snub was used as a noun and that the writer thinks it means someone who is he victim of a slight. It’s an original definition of the word. So, if I vote for my “top snubs,” then I’m not snubbing the baseball players, am I? What the heck does this all mean?

Will this produce reader pushback?

Readers of might consider a little pushback when it comes to the Internet giant’s policy of refusing to proofread or edit its content. Maybe then it would eliminate repeated words and arbitrary hyphens in words like pushback:

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But is pushback, even if spelled correctly, the right word? Probably not. It means a resistance or opposition to something, like a policy, plan, or strategy. What Macy’s is doing competing with Amazon or responding to Amazon.


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