So yeah, you’re an idiot

So yeah, that’s a Yahoo! Style writer who has no idea who the president of the United States is:

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At the risk of sounding snarky, I think that everyone — from the writer to the editor to their management — are idiots for allowing this to be published.

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:

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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.”

This seams wrong

If you believed what you read on Yahoo! Style (and why would you, really?) you’d expect pins along the hemline of this gal’s pants:

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But if you looked at the accompanying photo, you’d realize that the writer doesn’t know the difference between a hem and a seam:

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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:

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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).

This is a shoo-in for worst mistake of the day

From Yahoo! Style:

shoe-in-style

The noun meaning a sure winner is shoo-in.

An embarrassing wardrobe malfunction

Here’s a really embarrassing wardrobe malfunction, courtesy of Yahoo! Style:

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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:

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Kelsea Ballerini may be a year late

While the rest of us have been ringing in 2017, singer Kelsea Ballerini  has been a year behind us, according to Yahoo! Style:

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Not a real reporter?

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

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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.

What was the character’s real name?

And you thought that William Christopher’s character on M*A*S*H was Father Mulcahy? That really was not the character’s name, according to the Einsteins at yahoo.com:

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Why did the editors think that the name required quotation marks except to indicate it was the character’s so-called name? I guess if they were writing about characters in a Shakespearean play they’d refer to “Romeo” and “Juliet.” And they’d be wrong about that, too.

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