Make sure all the are there

When you write a headline and display it in big letters on your home page — like the editors at Yahoo! Style did — make sure you include all necessary words:

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This is what I call DIY writing. The reader is required to supply the missing word or words. Did Madonna call her revealing Met Gala swimsuit a “political statement”? Or was it a revealing Met Gala confession?

How to make Freida Pinto look bad

Not content to merely misspell Freida Pinto’s name, the news editor for Yahoo! Style has made her look illiterate, too:

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Ms. Pinto knows more about the English language than this editor. She actually offered a “sneaky peek” on Instagram, which the Style editor changed it to the homophone peak.

But wait! There’s more!

When she’s not confusing her right hand with her left (see today’s first post), the “news editor” for Yahoo! Style is confusing her readers. She’s also kinda insulting them with her disregard for niceties like punctuation, accurate spelling, and correct grammar.

Omitting a comma isn’t the worst offense in this paragraph, the ungrammatical were (which should be was) is. Or maybe it’s the inability to spell Ms. Wohlfahrt’s name correctly more than once:

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Each of those mistakes was made by a professional writer, who again thinks that each is a plural and that Ms. Wohlfahrt is someone named Wolfhart:

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But wait! There’s more! Once more the editor displays a woeful ignorance of grammar and the name of the subject she’s writing about:

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Where else can one person make so many mistakes in front of so many people and get paid for it?

When right is wrong, what is left?

I’m trying to take a charitable view of this mix-up on Yahoo! Style:

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Maybe the editor who wrote that caption has dyslexia and can’t tell right from left.

Did I mention the front of Megyn Kelly’s dress?

It looks like the writer for Yahoo! Style was so impressed by the front of Megyn Kelly’s dress that she wrote about it twice:

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What color is the roof of Carrie Underwood’s mouth?

I’m sure you’re like millions of other fans of country music star Carrie Underwood, wondering what the roof of her mouth looks like. Now, an editor at Yahoo! Style reveals the secret: It’s pastel!

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Coincidentally, the dress Ms. Underwood wore was also in a pastel color palette.

Where have they been?

Where have the editors at Yahoo! News been during the past decade? Didn’t they read about Osama bin Laden and absorb the correct capitalization of his name?

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I guess it could be worse. At least they didn’t refer to him as Obama bin Laden this time.

Whoever did it should be embarrassed

There’s a dearth of competent editors over at Yahoo! Sports. Heck, there may be no editors at the website because any editor would know that the nominative case he is wrong following a preposition like between:

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Any editor would know that there’s a word missing in what should be a couple of years:

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And why can’t the writer and/or editor choose correct pronouns? The pronoun whomever is the objective case of whoever, which is the word the writer should have used since it’s the subject of the sentence.

Whoever wrote or edited this article should be embarrassed.

Maybe you’re too independent

Were the editors for Yahoo! Style so independent that they didn’t feel the need to use a spell-checker or a dictionary?

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War on Buffett

Yahoo! is streaming the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, so you’d think it could get the name of its CEO right. But nooooo. The folks at yahoo.com just can’t tell the difference between a serve-yourself meal and Warren Buffett:

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