Were the editors for Yahoo! Style so independent that they didn’t feel the need to use a spell-checker or a dictionary?
There are lots of poorly spelled words on the Web, but none as bad as this from the Yahoo! Style “news editor”:
What the heck is that? decibels? Nah, that would make no sense (although making sense is not a criterion for writers on Yahoo!). Does it refer to the members of some secret society of anorexic models? Or is it the worst possible mangling of disciples?
A misused hyphen isn’t the worst mistake a writer can make. It’s just the most common mistake made by Yahoo! Style writers. The worst mistake — or should I say, today’s worst spelling mistake — is this:
You might think that this is a misspelling of hombré, but you would be wrong. It is actually the writer’s pathetic attempt at a hair-coloring style known as ombré.
Reading this on the home page of Yahoo! Makers, I was sure that the writer was talking about two or more antipastos — which didn’t make a lot of sense:
I wanted to see just why two or more antipasti were needed to a wreath, so I read the article and noticed something disturbing:
The instructions are not for multiple antipastos, but for a single antipasto. And this poor dear writer decided that although the rest of the world calls it an antipasto, she knows better and calls it an antipasti. Which is the Italian plural of antipasto, and an acceptable alternate plural in English.