Which states would that be?

Which states did the plane return to? According to Yahoo Entertainment, a plane carrying Chrissy Teigen “headed back to the states.” But I can’t find any info on the states it returned to:

If the writer meant the plane returned to the United States (and I presume she did), then she should have capitalized states. That way it’s clear to readers she was referring to the country.


That doesn’t jibe with the correct word

The writer for Yahoo Entertainment must have had jazz or swing music on her mind when she wrote this:

But that just doesn’t jibe with the correct usage of the word. Though lots of people confuse jive and jibe, most authorities say that only one means “agree, be in accord,” and that word is jibe.

A hairy problem

Why on God’s green earth did the Yahoo Lifestyle writer think this is correct?

I think she was going for hairdo, and became a tad confused. The contraction ‘do is often used on Yahoo in place of hairdo. The apostrophe is supposed to indicate that there are letters missing, so the writer was really describing a hair hairdo. But according to the American Heritage dictionary, do (sans apostrophe) is correct and hairdo is one word.


It’s not everyday

It’s not every day you see something like this on yahoo.com — it only seems that way:

If it’s a commonplace, ordinary, everyday occurrence, it might happen every day.

Roy Moore is not the Senate

In spite of what you may read on Yahoo News, Roy Moore is not the Republican Alabama Senate:

Obviously there’s a word missing and maybe some words out of place. Was Roy Moore the Republican Alabama Senate candidate? Or the Alabama Republican Senate candidate? Or the Republican Alabama Senate page? Or something else? I’m sooo confused.

Merci, Mlle Richards

Miss Richards was my teacher for the four years I studied French in high school. I was not a brilliant language student, but I did pick up a few words of French. For one thing, I learned the difference between a fiancé (a male who is engaged to be married) and a fiancée (an engaged female). That’s more that the Yahoo Lifestyle writer knows about the language:

The accent mark belongs over the first E, not the second. If you think it’s a typo, you would be wrong (and more charitable than I). The article also has a misplaced accent:

Who knew French would come in handy when reading English? Moi. (Merci beaucoup, Mlle Richards!)

They sat or were seated?

I don’t know what the correct wording is here at Yahoo News, I just know this is wrong:

Either were sat should be simply sat or were sat should be were seated.  The implication of each is different, so the reader is left wondering if the subjects were told where to sit. Or maybe the editor is just grammatically impaired.

That is wrong

That is just plain wrong on Yahoo News’:

If you think is should be are (because subject-verb agreement) you are right.

This is infuriating

This is infuriating. At least I think that’s the word the Yahoo News editor meant to use:

I don’t know if Ellen DeGeneres is infuriated, too, by the fact that the editor or writer can’t quite get her name right.

Feeling the stress

It must have been a stressful weekend over at the editor’s desk at yahoo.com. Maybe that’s why the editors missed the missing apostrophe here:

Or failed to recognize that schoolyard is one word:

Someone should demand to know why a typo like this slipped through the spell-checker:

(Oh, yeah. I forgot. Yahoo editors don’t use spell-checkers. Or proofreaders.)

No spell-checker would have caught this perfectly spelled bit of nonsense:

I have no idea what that was supposed to be. Can anyone translate it for me?

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