Hi, I’m actually America Ferrera

How ironic. In an excerpt from Yahoo! TV, staff writers note that America Ferrera has been mistaken for Gina Rodriguez, but the writers repeatedly mistake her for someone named Ferrara:

america ferrara tv

She’s not Ms. Ferrara or Ms. Rodriguez. Neither of them is the actress. It seems the writers are as bad with grammar as they are with identifying TV stars.

I read this so you don’t have to

I read Yahoo! Style so you don’t have to. And I report on just the worst of the many gaffes committed by Yahoo!’s writers. And these excerpts from a single article are some of the worst.

It starts with the misspelled America Ferrera and goes on to a couple of repeated words. The movie title gets no special treatment (which is usually italics or quotation marks at Yahoo!, there being no company standard). There’s an expression the writer misuses; it tripped her up. (Apparently she didn’t know it’s not the same as simply tripping.) What kind of nut was involved in this story? Beats me. It’s not OK not to capitalize OK; and it’s not OK to capitalize goddess:

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I thought I was reading a story about Kim Kardashian, who was nearly trampled in a crowd. But (or nut?) it was a security guard who was nearly the victim. (The other victim is the reader of this piece, where the misplaced modifier produces unlikely results.) You’d think that a professional writing about style and fashion would know how to spell Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s name, but you would be wrong:

trip style 2

During the fashion show, the front row was set to a soundtrack. I guess that’s better than being set on fire, but not as good as a show set to a soundtrack. Anyhoo, it hardly matters since the music included a song that the writer claims is “Stop Pressuring Me.” There is no song by that name. However there is a tune with the lyric “stop pressuring me” and it’s called “Scream.” Then there’s a teensy word missing, but that’s really not important in light of the other embarrassments:

trip style 3

I read this stuff so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

God bless America

And God bless the writers for Yahoo! TV who needs all the help they can get. Someday, with help, they may be able to spell America Ferrera:

This is America!

This is America Ferrera on Yahoo! TV. Not!

It’s not nice to fool around with Mother Nature

It’s not nice to fool around with the capitalization of Mother Nature. But that’s what the writer for Yahoo! Shine did here:

And it’s not nice to screw around with grammar, like mismatching a subject (like range) with its verb (which should be dictates):

And messin’ with America Ferrera …

and Alek Wek? Not so nice!

Also not so nice is misspelling smoky:

Finally, another grammatical gaffe involving a subject and its incorrect verb is definitely naughty:

God bless America Ferrera. Again

Looks like the folks over at Yahoo! Movies still haven’t learned to spell the actress’s name:

It’s not the first time they’ve made that ugly mistake.

God bless America Ferrera

God bless ‘er, America Ferrera is probably used to having her name misspelled. Me? I’d be pissed if mine were mangled by some writer for Yahoo! TV:


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