After after seeing the word

After after spotting the repeated word on, I noticed the picture of Queen Elizabeth surrounded by children:

fp after after x

And then I read the caption and was shocked. Did no one at Yahoo! notice that the children in the picture are far too young to be the queen’s grandchildren? Did no one realize they are the queen’s great-grandchildren?

Instead of instead

Instead of repeating instead, the Yahoo! Sports writer should have opted for making the sentence shorter and choosing the right word:

opted on spo mlb

What were you thinking?

I could be urging the Yahoo! Style “news editor” to proofread her writing before she publishes it. But I won’t because if I did, we wouldn’t be treated to this bit of amusement:

gender neural sty

I think a “gender neural dress code” specifies that male neurons must wear pants, and female axons must be covered at all times.


If this were written by a third-grader, the mistakes might be understandable. But coming from a professional writer for Yahoo! Style, they’re downright disgraceful:

graceful sty

Someone writing about fashion should know that paillettes needs two L’s; they are a type of sequin. And when the plural word is the subject of the sentence, it requires a plural subject. And Lord help her (because no one at Yahoo! will), the writer actually thinks that graceful is a suitable modifier for the verb floats. It is not; the adverb gracefully is.

Is it my eyes?

Are my eyes failing me? According to Yahoo! Style, Beyonce is wearing Minnie Mouse ears:

mm ears sty

And here’s the picture that allegedly shows the singer in Minnie ears:

mm ears pic

Maybe it was the cataract surgery that screwed up my eyes because I don’t see the ears. I see a polka dot pink-and-white bow that looks like it was Photoshopped onto the picture. However, I do see the bat “made adorned” with $100 bills.

What does this say tell you about

What does this say about’s commitment to excellence:

fp say tell

It tells me it doesn’t exist.

Not a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer

With this many mistakes in a single sentence, it’s a safe bet that this Yahoo! Style writer won’t be winning any journalism prizes:

emmy-award sty

I gotta give her credit for trying to use a hyphen, though she got that wrong. It should be Emmy Award-winning. It’s downhill from there: that was featured should be who were featured. Although it’s not grammatically incorrect to refer to human beings with that, it is considered impolite; that’s why she should have used who. And was featured is grammatically horrific since its subject is powerhouses. Finally, we have women in the TV, which may sound correct to those learning English. To the rest of us, it’s the worst.

Can you out top this?

You’d think that it would be hard to screw up a simple verb like top. But the writer for Yahoo! Travel managed to do just that with the redundant and silly expression out top:

out top b honest tra

To be honest, that’s not the worst mistake in the article. The use of the letter b to stand in for an actual word tops that.

The Mark Cuban on the Powerball

You can read the Mark Cuban’s advice about the Powerball on the Yahoo!:

fp the powerball

One of the hardest things to master for English as a Second Language learners is when to use the word the. This is not one of those times.

It not provides a lesson

This is a sentence from the home page of Yahoo! Makers. It not only provides a lesson in the need for proofreading, but also demonstrates how errors can make you look foolish:

it not diy hp

There are so many ways this went wrong. Did the writer mean “It not only provides”? If so, then she should have completed the correlative conjunction with but also, not and also. Or did the writer mean “It provides”? Then the not is extraneous and the and also is redundant.


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