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.

I do not think it means what you think it means

Is there a new meaning to the word twin? I ask because when I read this on Yahoo! Celebrity I thought Ms. Kravitz and Mr. Shadow were dressed alike:

twins cel 1

I suppose if twin outfits means “looking nothing alike,” then the writer is right:

twins cel pic

I’m a writer, not a mathematician!

Writers at Yahoo! tend to have a lot of trouble dealing with numbers. And the news editor over at Yahoo! Style is no exception. Take this little nugget from a recent article:

sing shoes 1

That seems pretty easy to digest, arithmetically speaking. But the numbers get a little too much for her when she tries to do a little subtraction:

sing shoes 2

Did you notice that the writer also has trouble with English? American gals don’t shill out anything, since that’s not a real expression. They do, however, shell out money for shoes — at a rate of about $183,000 less than Singaporean women. But that’s not a real number, either. Average women in the Singaporean survey don’t spend $204,000 on shoes over their lifetime. That number is the maximum spent by women in the survey. So unless every woman in the survey spent $204,000, which I tend to doubt, the editor got that number wrong, too.

Jennifer Lawrence rents a secret

Yes, you read that right. According to the brain trust at Yahoo! Style, actress Jennifer Lawrence went braless and was concerned that her secret was leased:

was leased sty

This is so contrary to everything we’ve learned about Ms. Lawrence, who seems so open about the most intimate details of her existence. I would have thought that she doesn’t care that her “lingerie secret” was leaked. But what do I know? More than this writer.

Sari, but you’re wrong

It seems that almost every day some writer at Yahoo! Style has to prove that they know nothing about fashion. Whether it’s confusing a muff for a muffler or a garter for a garter belt, there’s no end to their ignorance. Today it’s this claim:


This is a sari:


and this is the dress that the duchess wore:

sari pic sty

So, if that’s sari-like because it’s made of fabric, then the writer is correct.

Another time a writer muffed a caption

Remember the last time Terribly Write illustrated the ignorance of style by Yahoo! Style writers? It was a case of the writer calling a muff a “muffler.”

Well, the writers are at it again with this caption about Rihanna and a shearling coat:

shearling coat

This is a shearling coat, and according to the American Heritage Dictionary, shearling is the ” tanned skin of a sheared sheep or lamb, with the short wool still attached.”


And this is what Rihanna was actually wearing:

shearling coat pic

I’m no expert on fur coats, but I’m pretty sure that’s not shearling. If I were writing the caption for that photograph, I’d avoid specifics and call it “a fur coat.”

That time the writer muffed the caption

Proving once again that knowledge of fashion, clothing, or accessories is not a requirement for employment at Yahoo! Style, this writer muffs a photo caption:

muffler 1

Was that a muffler (which is a long scarf) keeping the princess’s hands warm, as the writer alleges? No, it was a fur muff:

muffler pic

It reminds me of the times the writers didn’t know a garter from a garter belt. Or a cameo from a cami dress.


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