Stick to what you know

It’s supposedly a tenet of writing to write what you know. Judging from this excerpt from Yahoo! Style editors (yes, that’s plural editors) should skip writing about basketball:

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You don’t need to follow the sport to know LeBron James and how he capitalizes his first name. (It’s called camel case.) It’s such a common word in sports that it’s impossible to misspell overtime, though these guys manage to.

Maybe they were too busy digging around for Stephen Curry to root for him. Although if they’re hoping that he and the Golden State Warriors will win a cup, they’re going to be disappointed. A hockey team could win a cup (the Stanley Cup, that is), but the pinnacle in basketball is a trophy.

Don’t let him embarrass himself like that

Zac Posen is a designer of fashion. He is not a writer, but he wrote a piece for Yahoo! Style. Not surprisingly it includes some mistakes. A competent editor should have corrected those errors of spelling and grammar before the article was published. A competent editor should have done a little fact-checking, too, so that Mr. Posen isn’t publicly embarrassed by his lack of knowledge of Broadway musicals:

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Don’t let your guest writers humiliate themselves. Make an effort and make some corrections. They’ll thank you for it.

Oh, by the way, the musical was “Sunday in the Park with George.”

Earth spins in opposite direction

Is the Earth spinning in the opposite direction? That’s the only explanation I can see for this scientific discovery on Yahoo! Travel:

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Who would want to study water coolers?

Would you be interested in taking water cooler classes when you’re a senior citizen? It seems an unlikely pastime for anyone, but that’s what the writer for Yahoo! Makers suggests seniors might be doing:

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I might be more inclined to take a watercolor class. I’m also more inclined to recommend that this writer take an English class.

Dumbest Statement of the Day

In yet another instance of a Yahoo! Style writer making up a “fact” and winning the honor of Dumbest Statement of the Day, we have this contention that Maddie Ziegler and Shia LaBeouf both appeared in the video for “Chandelier”:

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Maddie Ziegler had a solo performance in that video. Mr. LaBeouf starred in the video for “Elastic Heart” with the 12-year-old. On the plus side, at least the writer spelled LaBeouf correctly. There’s that.

UPDATE: I neglected to point out that Mr. LaBeouf was not a “season actor,” but a seasoned one.

Don’t bother

Don’t bother fact-checking or proofreading. That seems to be the philosophy at Yahoo! Style, where this photo caption appeared recently:

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Caitlyn Jenner has daughters, but none of them is named Khloé. Khloé Kardashian is a Kardashian, not a Jenner, and is Caitlyn’s stepdaughter. So, no one bothered with a little fact-checking or with a little proofing. That’s just too much of a bother.

Close enough

Here’s Willow Smith.

dress sty picShe’s wearing a gray outfit. Here’s how the writer for Yahoo! Style described her attire:

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Hmmm. Am I missing something or is Ms. Smith missing something — like a gray jersey dress. Unless that’s a very, very short dress she’s wearing under her jacket, I’d said the writer made a little mistake.

There’s the rub

Does the writer at think that a rub and a barbecue sauce are one and the same?

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Um, no. They’re two different things and when they’re the subject of a sentence, they take a plural verb (like are). Of course, describing a rub as “thick, chunky” is a little weird. I suspect the writer has no idea what a rub is; it’s a mixture of ground herbs and spices. Maybe next time the writer will read the actual article before writing about. Just a thought.

Kerri Strug’s better story

I’m not sure, but I think the writer for Yahoo! Style is referring to Kerri Strug, the gymnast:

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I could be wrong because Ms. Strug did not participate in the ’96 Olympics with a broken ankle. She had a sprain and tendon damage. But the writer’s “embellishment” makes a good story.

If only it were that easy

Don’t believe everything you read on

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If talking about an experience could relieve a victim’s terror, then those who testified at James Holmes’ trial wouldn’t be reliving it. But that’s what they’re doing, according to the actual article. What a difference a little “typo” can make.


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