Stay in school and get that diploma!

My advice to this associate editor for Yahoo! Style? Stay in school and get that high school diploma. Or take some GED classes that include basic English vocabulary. Then, you might not make this embarrassing mistake:

matriculation ceremony

That’s from an article about a student graduating from high school, not entering a college or university, which is what matriculation means. It’s a word I’d expect would be familiar to a high school graduate. But maybe I’m wrong.

Shocking truth revealed about Duchess of Cambridge!

In a shocking revelation, a Yahoo! Style writer uncovers a strange abnormality about Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge:

ankle length 1

What we have been seeing as the duchess’s knees are actually her ankles. And Yahoo! provides a picture to prove it:

ankle length pic

That only looks like a knee-length skirt. In fact, according to the anatomy experts at Yahoo!,  it comes to her ankles, which are located where you might expect to see knees.

Nautical = beige

I have no idea who Joel Edgerton is and after reading this photo caption on Yahoo! Style, I still have no idea:

nautical sty

However, I do know more than the writer, who thinks Mr. Edgerton is wearing a nautical ensemble:

nautical pic

Of course, if nautical is just another synonym for beige, then I guess the writer is correct.

Dumbest statement of the day

Good grief! This little paragraph from Yahoo! Style is horrible on so many levels:

min wage sty

It’s hands-down the winner for “Dumbest Statement of the Day.” I think we might overlook the plural verb are for the singular company because this might have been written by a Brit, where companies are plural, grammatically speaking. (Or it might have been written by someone who knows nothing about English grammar.) But the rest of the text? Truly horrible. The conversions from Sri Lankan rupees to U.S. dollars are ridiculously wrong. And the remaining words are nonsense. And this was written by someone who actually gets paid to write. Disgraceful.

Surprise! Majority of readers laughed at this headline

In a statement that’s sure to amuse fourth-grade graduates everywhere, Yahoo! Sports declares that 48% constitutes a majority:

majority mlb

A majority is more than half. So, by my reckoning, 52% (or a majority) of fans do NOT enjoy bat flips. And I pretty sure the majority of readers don’t enjoy reading such nonsense.

Eva Longoria is on the left

It’s such an easy mistake to make, isn’t it? Surely we can forgive the Yahoo! Style news editor for not verifying the spelling of Pamella Roland’s name. She probably thought, “There’s two L’s in there somewhere. So I’ll just put two in her first and last name.”

rolland sty 1

And we can forgive her for not being able to tell the difference between actress Eva Longoria and Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. The resemblance is uncanny.

rolland sty 2  rolland sty evan

In case you’re still trying to figure it out, Eva Longoria is on the left.

When right is wrong, what is left?

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

right left sty

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:

front sty

Lottie Moss: Model or photographer?

Lottie Moss isn’t just a model, she’s also a photographer. Who knew that someone who makes her living in front of a camera, also steps behind it?

behind camera sty

Who knew? Not this Yahoo! Style writer, who thinks that models are behind cameras, not in front of them.

I’m a journalist, not a mathematician

Would you trust anything written by a Yahoo! News journalist who can’t do simple arithmetic?

one out of 1000 news

I don’t know how the writer came up with the allegation that 956 (which is about 1,000) out of 100,000 is “roughly one out of every 1,000). To my simple mind, it seems more like one out of every 100.

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