I cry sometimes, too

I admit that I cry sometimes, especially when I read something as stupid as this sentence from Yahoo! Answers:


There is no rational explanation possible for using they to refer to a Yamster, which appears to be a hamster mascot for the Yahoo! site. Unless the Yamster is a collective name for conjoined twins, and Yahoo! is hiding the other twin out of our view. As for the rest of the text, just be thankful that I obscured some words with my red circle. You really don’t want to read that juvenile, amateurishly written tripe.

The number of errors is increasing

The number of errors on Yahoo! is increasing every day. A number of errors have appeared on yahoo.com every day:

fp a number has

Here’s what the American Heritage Dictionary says about matching a verb to the noun number:

As a collective noun number may take either a singular or a plural verb. It takes a singular verb when it is preceded by the definite article the: The number of skilled workers is increasing. It takes a plural verb when preceded by the indefinite article a: A number of the workers have learned new skills.

Arriving at the wrong word

When trying to choose the correct word to follow arriving, the writer for Yahoo! Style arrived at the wrong preposition:

arriving to sty

Here’s some helpful information from Daily Writing Tips:

A prepositional error usually associated with ESL learners seems to be gaining ground with native English speakers. It’s the error of following the verb arrive with the preposition to…

To is a preposition of movement. One travels to a restaurant, but arrives at a restaurant.

Prepositions that can follow arrive include at, in, and on.

Check out the site for some great examples of the correct use of those prepositions with arrive.

Casting about for the right word

Proving that being grammatically challenged is no barrier to getting a job writing for the Yahoo! front page, this writer should have cast off the ED on what should be cast:

fp casted

Repeat after me: Today I cast, yesterday I cast, I have cast.

I have never found myself doing that

I admit it: I have never found myself sat at my desk. However, I have found myself sitting at my desk. That is because I am familiar with English and grammar and words and idioms, and I take pride in that knowledge. I wonder what the writer for Yahoo! Makers takes pride in:

sat diy

The lengths some people will go to!

The length of a skirt and the weight of a coat are two separate things. When they’re the subject of a sentence, as they are here on Yahoo! Style, they require a plural verb:

length covers sty

Length and weight; two things. Yup, that about covers it.

Someone may have stolen your grammar book

Poor guy! The writer for Yahoo! Style most have had his grammar books and dictionary stolen. And with his writing skills, that’s a real tragedy:

may have stole sty

It could’ve easily been correct

With a little help from a competent editor, this could’ve easily been correct. But it’s on Yahoo! Style, a site that’s in its own grammatically incorrect world:

could've easy sty

This must go

Do you think this must have undergone editing before being published on Yahoo! Style?


I’d rather believe it wasn’t edited than think that there’s an employed editor who believes that underwent is the correct form of the verb undergo in that sentence.

So different from correct

This is different from correct grammar on the Yahoo! front page:

fp different than players

The writer and editor goofed with the different than, but they also screwed up by omitting an apostrophe: different from most veteran players’.


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