Refrigerator magnets of the Internet

You know those refrigerator magnets that hold just a single word? You’re supposed to arrange the words to create pithy sayings, obscene limericks, or just complete nonsense. Well, this sentence on the Yahoo! front page is like someone threw those magnets on a refrigerator and published the results:

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No wonder there are so many grammatical gaffes!

Is it any wonder that there are so many grammatical mistakes made by the writers and editors at Yahoo! Style? Here’s the opening sentence from a Style article written by — wait for it — the site’s editor in chief:

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Looks like the EIC cares as little about quality writing as his entire editorial staff.

How is that a question?

How could that be a question?

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If the brain trust at the Yahoo! front page had written “How is body heat lost?” — that would be a question.

One detail has been overlooked

Oh, lordie. What can you say about the writer (and her editor) over at Yahoo! Style? They seemed to have overlooked one tiny detail in this sentence. And that detail is — “no detail has been left unturned” makes no sense! None! Not one iota of sense!

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Reader beware

Where the heck did the writer for Yahoo! Style get the idea that ware works here?

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It looks like she doesn’t know there’s a perfectly acceptable word that fits: neckwear. It ends in wear, just like many other words referring to articles of clothing: footwear, menswear, swimwear, sportswear. The words that end in ware are a tad different: hardware, software, silverware.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we’re treated to the indecision of Yahoo! editors as to the correct spelling of air strike (or is it airstrike?):

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The American Heritage Dictionary prefers airstrike, although air strike is also acceptable. So just pick one and go with it.

Take a picture of yourself

You don’t take a picture of you, you take a picture of yourself. Why? Because in a grammatically correct sentence, we use a reflexive pronoun (like yourself, herself, ourselves) when the pronoun refers to the subject of the sentence. In a grammatically incorrect sentence, such as this from the Yahoo! front page, anything goes:

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The editors should chastise themselves for not correcting that sentence: The “Glee” star paired a photo of herself and Ryan Dorsey with a graphic.

Celebrity in dispose

Have you ever seen a celebrity in dispose? Or in datpose? The writer for Yahoo! Style apparently has seen a celeb in dispose, but she’s not revealing what the heck that means!

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Do you think she meant indisposed? That would make the celeb mildly ill or averse to something. Kinda like how I feel when I read this sort of nonsense on Yahoo!.

You don’t know what that means, do you?

I’ve thought for some time now that Yahoo! Style employs children to do its writing. Or maybe the site sends all writing tasks overseas to third-world countries where English isn’t a first or even second language. After reading this, I’m convinced there’s a third option: Style uses children in third-world countries to do its writing:

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Doesn’t every adult (and 95% of teens) living in the English-speaking world know that a nymphomaniac is a woman who engages in unrestrained sex? If so, how would you explain this error?

Guilty as charged

Those writers and editors at the Yahoo! front page should just plead guilty to crimes against the language with this attempt at “domestic violence charges”:

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