Style really does bite!

At Yahoo! Style, writing mistakes aren’t restricted to the words on a Web page — they extend to videos, too. Who could miss this misspelling of Café d’Étoile? Oh, yeah, that would be everyone at Style:

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That video is part of a series called “Style Bites,” and it couldn’t be more aptly named, unless it were called “Writing on Style Bites.” Because the writing really is awful — far below any standard you should expect from a professionally written site. Where else can you see a misspelling of both Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli?

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UPDATE: Well, lookie here. The brain trust at Style made some changes to that paragraph, correcting the spelling of Ms. Streisand’s name, overlooking the misspelling of Ms. Minnelli’s name, and misspelling Tinker Bell’s moniker:

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And they’ve add some information about Mr. Mackie: He doesn’t consider himself a fashion designer in this episode. But I really wasn’t expecting him to design fashions in an online video. So that’s not news, is it?

The really bestest change was to the name of the video series: Fashion Bites. So, now it’s the subject of the website that bites. But really, Style bites, too.

Not a good place for a misspelling

What could be worse than misspelling Barbra Streisand’s name in an interview with Barbra Streisand? Doing it in a giant headline, like this one on Yahoo! Health:

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What’s in a name? Encore

What’s in a name? If it appears on Yahoo!, probably a misspelling.

From Yahoo! Shine: This is supposed to be Alli Webb:

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This is allegedly Angela Chase:

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There’s no hyphen in Anne Marie Blackman’s name, except on Shine:

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In an article about women in politics, the writer doesn’t even bother to verify the spelling of Hillary Clinton’s name:

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But actor Jim Carrey isn’t treated any better:

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From Yahoo! Movies:

This is supposed to be Barbra Streisand:

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and Ahna O’Reilly:

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There are two Rs in Forrest when you’re writing about Mr. Gump, but only one when it’s Mr. Whitaker:

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From Yahoo! omg!, whose writers may know something about celebrities, but not much about F. Scott Fitzgerald characters, we get the misspelled Daisy Buchanan:

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Don’t bother with apostrophes

If I could give advice to this Yahoo! Shine writer, it would be this: Honey, get yourself a competent editor. If your employer won’t spring for one, then just give up on one part of writing: Give up apostrophes. Just don’t use them — ever. You have no idea when to use that little character, so don’t even try.

There are lots of other things about writing that you’re unfamiliar with, too. But start with the apostrophe. Then maybe you can move on to the slash (which functions as a logical or, not an and). See this example here? If you didn’t try to use apostrophes, I wouldn’t call you a grammatical moron for not including one in parents’ and for using it to make ’60s and ’70s plural. All I can think of is how you can’t punctuate, you leave out words, and you think Time Life has a slash in it:

Again with using the apostrophe to form a plural! (It should be moms and ’70s.) You might also consider learning to do a Google search for words like bar mitzvah (it’s not a proper noun) and places like Mount Airy Lodge. While you’re at it, try learning the difference between ad (short for advertisement) and add (a whole ‘nother word). But you got the hyphen right in singer-songwriter. You may not be consistent, but at least half the time you’re right.

If you knew how to do an Internet search, you’d see that the actors are Aidan Quinn and Sam Shepard and that a man is a widower. (A widow is a woman who’s lost her husband.) And, honey, do you need more evidence that you should just stop using apostrophes entirely?

Another misspelling? Why am I not surprised? It’s Christopher Robin:

OK, I admit to being incredibly picky, but there’s a comma missing here:

The character was Steven Keaton on “Family Ties,” a favorite show of mine. Also a favorite of mine? The correct placement of punctuation:

The comma belongs before the closing quotation mark (at least it does in the States), Barbra Streisand’s name is misspelled, and the Bee Gees could use a little space:

So, maybe you need to forget punctuation completely. Just don’t use it. I was going to suggest you also forget trying to spell names correctly, but I see you’ve already done that.

Barbra Streisand: This isn’t so bad

It’s a common misspelling of Barbra Streisand’s moniker on Yahoo! Movies:

Yahoo! writers have also called her Barbra Steisand and Barbra Sresiand, so I guess this isn’t so bad.

Barbra Streisand’s funny movie

This is too funny. As if misspelling Barbra Streisand’s name weren’t bad enough, the writer for Yahoo! Shine gets the name of her first movie wrong:

The movie was “Funny Girl.”

Barbra Streisand, Robert Wagner, Annie Leibovitz: I don’t give a crap

Nothing says “I don’t give a crap how I write” like failing to verify the spelling of names and common words.

That appears to be the attitude of the writer for Yahoo! Shine who thinks she knows how to spell Barbra Streisand here:

and here:

She doesn’t even take the time to check the name of the actor appearing with Natalie Wood: It’s Robert Wagner:

She seems to think she knows how to spell common words, but makes a groundbreaking error here:

And she has no clue how to spell (or even pronounce) Annie Leibovitz’s name:

Barbra Streisand gains an A

I’ve seen her name misspelled so many times on Yahoo!, that I’m beginning to believe she really is Barbara Streisand. But no. She’s Barbra and she’s mangled again, this time on Yahoo! Movies:

Overstaying her welcome

Please make her go away. This writer for Yahoo! Shine commits some of the worst offenses against the English language to ever appear on a so-called professionally written Web site.

I’m trying to block out the errors as I read this article, but it’s impossible to overlook the wrong word, the missing apostrophe (it should be parents’ car), the missing word, the misplaced apostrophes, and the unnecessary comma:

Unbelievably, she adds an apostrophe to the simple plural moms, adds a D to the simple ads, and moves an apostrophe to the wrong location.

Can it really be true that she doesn’t know that the Adam in Adam’s apple is a proper noun?

While other writers are off learning how to capitalize band names and punctuation real sentences, this one’s been snoozing at the back of the classroom:

Holy frijole! It’s Aidan Quinn and Sam Shepard! I don’t know how anyone (even one as English-impaired as this writer) could compare Mr. Cetera to a woman who has lost her husband.

(A widow is a woman who has lost her husband; a widower is a man whose wife has died.)

Another creative misspelling?Yup, this is supposed to be Christopher Robin:

The group is Earth, Wind and Fire, complete with comma:

OK, so she doesn’t like putting quotation marks around song titles. I get it. Apparently she also doesn’t like the formatting she’s been using, ’cause she uses a different one here. As if she hasn’t made enough mistakes, she misspells Steven Keaton:

I’m dumbfounded. She’s managed to find another celebrity name to mangle (it should be Barbra Streisand) and another group name (it’s the Bee Gees):

Another horrifying bad misspelling:

Did she really think that Harry Neilson was a real singer? Did she forget to look above the photo caption at the pic of the album:

This writer has definitely overstayed her welcome. It’s time for her to go.

Judging a book by its cover

Ya know how you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover? Well, there’s a writer on Yahoo! Shine who’s ignored that advice and is judging celebrity-authored tomes by their cover. And I’m here to judge the writer by her — wait for it — writing. But I have no intention of being balanced. This all about the ghastly grammar, horrific homophones, and poor punctuation.

Let’s look at this excerpt, where the writer confuses a contraction with a possessive pronoun:

That is not good.

It sure looks like the writer is unfamiliar with the function of the comma. Seems that it slipped from its correct location down to separate a subject from a verb. Heal? Really? Is that the part of the stiletto closest to the shoe’s soul?

There’s a comma missing here and a misspelled Anne Geddes:

I can almost understand the missing comma and the misplaced period (because this writer is punctuation-challenged), but misspelling Bret Michaels?

It’s kinda obvious how the singer and “Celebrity Apprentice” winner spells his name. The picture above the caption might be a clue:

What’s with the missing apostrophe in the contraction and the missing hyphen in this two-goof sentence?

Anyone could misspell Barbra Streisand’s name:

although the photo accompanying the caption is a hint as to the correct spelling:

So, you be the judge now. How bad is this?

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