One is the subject

About 1 in 2 writers for Yahoo! makes a mistake when trying to match a verb to its subject. In this case, the grammatical gaffe appears on Yahoo! Parenting:

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The subject of that sentence is one, and the verb should be is born. But what’s worse is the writer’s contention that most infants with anencephaly die shortly before birth. The truth is that most die soon after birth.

What a waist!

Fashion shows are becoming more and more inclusive as women with less-than-perfect bodies take to the runways. As noted by a Yahoo! Style writer, one model’s body is unique: Her waist is just a tad higher than most women’s. In fact, it’s just under her armpits:

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I think it’s great! Not so great? The writer’s inability to match a verb (which should be suggest) with its plural subject and neglecting to hyphenate the adjective modern-day. But at least she spelled waist correctly, even if she can’t identify it.

Officially an idiot

I’m probably being to hard on this gal from Yahoo! Style who carries the title of news editor. But I think she’s an idiot. Or maybe just an overworked incompetent. I’d expect that an adult being paid to be a “news editor” would have some basic knowledge of finances. I’d expect that she’d know that one’s net worth is not the same as one’s income. So, in an article about the richest people in the United States, she claims that Christy Walton has an income of $30.2 billion:

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She does not. That is her net worth.

But worse than that, is this claim about Steve Jobs’ widow:

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Mr. Jobs’ widow is not Alice Walton, it is Laurene Powell Jobs. But I can see how you’d get those names mixed up.

Brimming with errors

I’ve often said that you don’t need to know anything about fashion or style or the English language to write for Yahoo! Style. It’s a site brimming with errors. And here’s proof once again:

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Yes, that is indeed a hat with a black brim.The red ribbon is not the brim; it is called a hatband and it sits above the brim.

Aw, that’s cute

Aw, the geniuses at have coined a new nickname for Ben Roethlisberger, and it’s kinda cute:

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It reminds me of John-John, the nickname for John F. Kennedy Jr when he was a boy. But Ben Ben is just a bit too juvenile for a football player, don’t you think? Maybe they should return to calling him by the nickname the rest of the world uses: Big Ben.

White. Black. What’s the diff?

There are times when being colorblind is an asset. Writing about fashion is not one of them. This Yahoo! Style writer displays a unique inability to distinguish white from black in this description:


of this dress:

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Hey! Let’s not be too hard on the gal. Anyone could mistake black for white.

Not a subject-matter expert?

Don’t know much about style and women’s fashion? Then you, too, can write for Yahoo! Style! Ignorance of a common dress style didn’t stop this writer from landing a job at the Internet giant:

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It’s called a cami dress, short for camisole dress because of its similarity to the women’s garment:

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W for wrong

Was the writer for Yahoo! Style sitting quietly by herself  when she came up with a new title for the film “V for Vendetta” and when she came up with the wrong preposition?

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A most unusual last name

What are the odds that someone’s last name would actually be LAST NAME?! Pretty low, huh? Except on Yahoo! Style, which features a Ms. LAST NAME:

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Either that’s a very unusual surname or that’s an article that was published before its time.

You must be kidding

Was the writer for Yahoo! Makers joking about a “lampoon boat” in this photo caption?

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What do you think she really meant? A pontoon boat? Judging from the picture, I think she meant “a float” or “a raft.” Kinda sound like “lampoon,” don’t they?

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UPDATE: I’ve been thinking about this caption and think maybe that the writer meant “lampoon boat” to mean “mock/faux boat.” I’m so used to seeing words used incorrectly on Yahoo! that sometimes I don’t consider that the writer was going for a pun or irony or humor. What do you think?


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