Can you spot the error?

Here’s a fun little puzzler for you. Can you spot the error in this headline from Yahoo! Makers?

fit fit diy hp

Two seconds is too much

The eagle-eyed editors at the Yahoo! home page need to remove the second seconds and keep the first seconds, or remove the first seconds and keep the second seconds:

fp seconds

How to repel readers

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

repel diy

and decided the workers were repelling down a dam:

repel caption

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

Dumbest Statement of the Day

Readers of this caption on Yahoo! Style might expect that it goes with an X-rated (or maybe just a PG-13-rated) photo:

sport bra sty cap

Sorry to disappoint. You should know by now to never trust anything that’s written by a Yahoo! scribe. Here’s the picture of our Ms. Brooks who appears to be wearing a cap, shorts, and footwear. And a sports bra:

sport bra sty pic

You could use an advisor

There’s at least one person writing for who could use a little advice:

fp tripadviser

If you can’t hold the spelling of a name (like TripAdvisor) in your brain long enough to pound it on a keyboard, copy it and paste it into your text.

What led you to believe that was correct?

Though this article on Yahoo! Makers was written by a professional, it belies her knowledge of grammar, which led to her using the wrong word for the past tense of the verb lead:

lead to diy

Perhaps she thinks because when lead refers to the stuff in a pencil, it’s pronounced LED. But when you’re looking for the past tense of the verb (which is pronounced LEED), it’s also pronounced LED, and spelled — surprise! — led.

Dumbest Statement of the Day

When a writer does no research and makes up facts, she’s likely to be featured on Dumbest Statement of the Day. That’s the fate today of the Yahoo! Makers writer who’s responsible for this photo caption:

puff caption diy

The caption is for this picture:

puff pic diy

Lovers of “Pete’s Dragon” will recognize Elliott, the imaginary dragon.

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.

is neigh sty

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

A grave mistake

I swear, the writers for Yahoo! Style have no idea how to use accent marks. They shouldn’t even try to put an accent over an E, because they’re going to get it wrong:

hermes sty hp

That’s an accent aigu and when it appears above an E, the E sounds like a long A (ay). And it’s wrong here. The correct accent, the accent grave, goes in the opposite direction: Hermès.


The Francophiles who write the headlines at Style have done it again with this update to the story:

hermes sty hp 2

They just can’t seem to get it right.

That’s a really special council

I’ve heard of a student council, a city council, the National Safety Council, and the Council of Trent. But I’ve never heard of Trump Organization special council, which apparently consists of just one person. That’s what it says on Yahoo! Politics:

council news

Michael Cohen, who is an attorney, is the sole person on the council; he’s also special counsel to Trump.


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