Speaking out

I must speak out about the writing by Yahoo! Answers staff: It sucks.

mylan-ans

Judging by the incorrect word usage, I’d guess that the writer is not a native English speaker. Why do I think that? The CEO of Mylan testified before Congress. Neither the CEO nor Mylan can be accused of “speaking out,” which means to talk freely and fearlessly. Quite the contrary. The expression “in the recent years” isn’t familiar to me, but “in recent years” is. And people aren’t affected about an issue, but affected by one.

This writer just isn’t familiar enough with English to be let loose on the public without the support of a competent editor.

Don’t even try

Don’t even try to understand or interpret this. Just enjoy the beauty of an unedited sentence:

aaron sty

Uh-oh. I neglected to circle back lace up evening shoes as a potential error. They looked like black shoes to me, but maybe they really do sport laces in the back.

Trump cut short

People must be getting nervous over at Yahoo! Finance, and it’s affecting their work. It looks like a little p ran out of Mr. Trump:

trum fin

And instead of merely appealing the EU tax decision, Apple will appeal against it, which might mean something to the writer, but to me means the writer is unfamiliar with English:

appeal against fin hp

I don’t know why Apple will appeal the decision. Heck if I owed a $14.50 tax bill, I’d just pay it:

14.5 news hp

Maybe it’s the principle of the thing. Or maybe the stress is getting to those folks at Yahoo!.

Why aren’t editors typically aren’t employed?

Why aren’t editors employed at Yahoo! Finance? They might actually prevent something like this:

arent arent fin

Did they take back her diploma?

How do you become a former graduate of a school? If you’re a graduate of Parsons School of Design, aren’t you always a graduate? Or can the school rescind your diploma and make you a former graduate? Only the writer for Yahoo! Style knows:

former grad sty

Maybe they should plunge

It seems that the editors at yahoo.com were surprised that the worst global markets plunged as a result of the Brexit vote:

fp worst to plunge

Wouldn’t you expect the worst markets to plunge? If you’re a frequent reader of Terribly Write, you’d also expect to find a mistake on the Yahoo! front page. In case it’s one word too many. I think. I’m guessin’ the editors meant: Brexit spurs global markets plunge. Or: Brexit spurs worst global markets plunge. Or something else.

About your your proofreading skills…

It would take approximately 2 nanoseconds to proofread this sentence on yahoo.com:

fp your your

So, how come nobody took the time to do that?

After after seeing the word

After after spotting the repeated word on yahoo.com, 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.

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