Reading misspellings and typos like this one on the Yahoo! front page give me a headache. Or should I say heaache:
I think the writer for Yahoo! Makers didn’t want a byline for this article because he or she knew it wasn’t a model of journalistic excellence:
It’s just a tad sloppy, isn’t it? There’s the use of you instead of your. The missing hyphen in what should be old-fashioned. The lowercase and missing S in Epsom salts. And a torn-apart cheesecloth. Heck, if I made that many mistakes in two sentences, I wouldn’t want my name associated with it either.
Do you trust your memory when you’re writing? I bet the writer for Yahoo! Makers thinks she’s got a great memory for names and movies. She probably feels like she doesn’t have to verify the spelling of Steven Spielberg’s name or check to see who directed the movie “Avatar.” (Here’s a hint: It wasn’t Steven Spielburg or even Steven Spielberg.)
Readers might be able to forgive a single misspelling, but when you do it another time and another time, they’re likely to be a little pissed. At least that’s how I feel:
Obviously she trusted her rather faulty memory, which seems odd to me. She’s not just the writer of this article, she’s listed as an “editor.” Isn’t part of an editor’s job to verify facts?
Ukraine has been in the news every day for many, many months. But apparently the unrest was overlooked by the writer of this headline on Yahoo! Style:
In case you thought that was merely a careless typo, here’s the opening paragraph of the accompanying article:
The article was written by someone with the title of managing editor. Is it any wonder that the writing on Style is so sloppy when a managing editor can’t spell Ukrainian and can’t be bothered to check the spelling?
What envelops a letter? An envelope! Was that lesson lost on the writer for Yahoo! Makers?
Apparently. She doesn’t know that envelope (with an E at the end) ends with a long O sound (because of that E). And it is only a noun. The verb is envelop, sans ending E, and that’s the word the write should have used.
Looks like a case of dyslexia has hit Yahoo! Movies again, where neither the writer nor the editor can manage to spell Kirsten: