This is different from correct grammar on the Yahoo! front page:
The writer and editor goofed with the different than, but they also screwed up by omitting an apostrophe: different from most veteran players’.
Is it any wonder that there are so many grammatical mistakes made by the writers and editors at Yahoo! Style? Here’s the opening sentence from a Style article written by — wait for it — the site’s editor in chief:
Looks like the EIC cares as little about quality writing as his entire editorial staff.
You don’t take a picture of you, you take a picture of yourself. Why? Because in a grammatically correct sentence, we use a reflexive pronoun (like yourself, herself, ourselves) when the pronoun refers to the subject of the sentence. In a grammatically incorrect sentence, such as this from the Yahoo! front page, anything goes:
The editors should chastise themselves for not correcting that sentence: The “Glee” star paired a photo of herself and Ryan Dorsey with a graphic.
Oops. They’ve done it again. And again. The writers at Yahoo! Style simply haven’t mastered English grammar and continue to commit obvious and egregious grammatical gaffes. First, it’s the mismatch of a singular subject (Sophie Webster) with a plural verb (have done). How does such an obvious error get past the editors? Oh, yeah, there are no editors.
Then there’s the glaring use of lead (which, when pronounced led, is the stuff inside a pencil) instead of the past tense led. Not content with showing an astounding ignorance of grammar, the writer displays a complete disregard for the trademarked Coca-Cola.
They’ve done it again. And they’ll do it again.
The disappearance of correct grammar on the Yahoo! front page has heightened concerns about the state of the language:
The inability of a professional writer or editor to match a verb (which should be has heightened) to a singular subject (disappearance) says a lot about Yahoo!’s commitment to quality.
Imagine finding yourself reading this error-filled sentence on Yahoo! Makers:
Is it just me or is this a new high in the number of egregious errors in a single sentence? The writer doesn’t know to use the reflexive yourself when the subject and the object of the verb are the same person?
So, I’m imagining myself sitting (and not sat) at a table, but the table I see isn’t “decked in” the ingredients for the meal I’m about to have. Where would the waiter put the place setting? I have no idea what word the writer actually meant; I can’t think of a single one that would turn that from nonsense to a sentence.
What is with the writers at Yahoo!? How could the Yahoo! Style writer make a boneheaded grammatical mistake like this:
I mean, really, doesn’t it just sound wrong when you read that? You don’t need a degree in English to know that it’s really, really wrong to say “she and her husband’s snapshots.” You just need an ear for English.
It’s no surprise to readers of Terribly Write that there’s a grammatical goof and a misspelling on the Yahoo! front page:
Readers can’t tell if there are multiple battles going on (and the verb continues is wrong) or if there’s one battle (and the word battles is wrong, but continues is right). But everyone (except the staff at Yahoo!) can tell that suprise is wrong.