When is one error two? When it’s on Yahoo! Style and it’s to, not two:
Let’s say this all together: This is utterly, completely, altogether wrong:
The editor in chief for Yahoo! Makers should have referred to this information from the American Heritage Dictionary:
Altogether and all together do not mean the same thing. We use all together to indicate that the members of a group perform or undergo an action collectively: The nations stood all together. The prisoners were herded all together. All together is used only in sentences that can be rephrased so that all and together may be separated by other words: The books lay all together in a heap. All the books lay together in a heap.
Is there a risk that the Apple Watch will lose its cache memory? That’s the question posed by the geniuses at yahoo.com:
After all these years of documenting the errors made by Yahoo!’s writers and editors, I’m still astounded by their ignorance. The word cache (which is pronounced cash, not cash-ay) means “the storage buffer of a computer, also called cache memory” or “a hiding place or the stuff in a hiding place.”
With errors like this, Yahoo! is losing any cachet it might still have. And by cachet (which is pronounced cash-ay) I mean its prestige or appeal.
Here’s a headline on Yahoo! Makers that tells us exactly nothing:
First, consider whether DIY (which is short for “do it yourself”) is synonymous with homemade. It is, isn’t it? So why use both? Then there’s the adjective stationary (which means “not moving”) that lacks a noun to modify. What’s the missing word? Does this headline refer to a homemade stationary bike? Judging from the picture, I think this headline is telling us something: The writer doesn’t know the difference between not moving and writing paper (which is stationery).
If you forget which is which, try this mnemonic: Both stationery and letter contain ER.
After reading this, it shouldn’t take you long to figure out what they’re making over at Yahoo! Makers:
They’re making mistakes and not just one or two. They’re making four in a single sentence, three of which would be flagged by a common spell-checker. The writers make more mistakes per hour than any other writers on the Web.
(In case the writer is reading this, it should be airborne, toxins, than, and purifying.)