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?

Anna Wintour: Two dresses are better than one

Why would Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue magazine, wear only one dress, when she could wear two?

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Why would the Yahoo! Style writer tell us about a “statement dress” instead of Ms. Wintour’s statement necklace?

Are these hard words?

I guess when you’re learning English as a second language, there are some words that are difficult to master. I can understand confusing troop and troupe or chord and cord. Or, in the case of this writer for, skirt and dress:

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Revering accuracy

Yahoo! Makers is not a site where writers and editors revere accuracy. The making of one typo isn’t a big deal here. And neither is the ridiculous allegation that Revere is somehow part of Boston:

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It would have taken the writer about a nanosecond to Google “Revere” to learn that it is a city north of Boston

At a loss for words

If this sentence on seems like nonsense to you, that’s because it is nonsense:

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How can the manufacturing sector see “the smallest gain in employment” if it lost jobs? It can’t. The writer left out a few words: The manufacturing sector lost the most jobs, but the overall U.S. employment rate saw a gain, although it was its smallest gain in five months.

Where do you get your information?

When you’re looking for reliable information about investing, finance, or business, what website do you turn to? Yahoo! Finance? If you’re like most people, you’re adversely influenced by the number of mistakes, no matter how minor, you find. Typos, misspellings, and grammar mistakes all erode the credibility of a website or an article.

So, how credible do you find this article, where the writer apparently knew she needed an apostrophe in the first sentence, but couldn’t figure out where? Or that she’s a little skimpy when it comes to her hyphen usage?

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(Omitting the hyphens in an age is one of the top 3 hyphen errors you’ll find on Yahoo!.)

I really think that if you’re going to write about finance and business for adults, you need to know the difference between a product (oh, like, say a Barbie doll) and a manufacturer (like Mantel). I’m pretty sure that even though Barbie is a pretty smart, yet plastic cookie, she did not release a doll:

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Perhaps to prove that she is completely uninterested in the correct use of punctuation, the writer throws in some random and thoroughly incorrect commas. But I’ll admit to one positive note: The writer has got me interested in seeing those ads where the Chinese actress stares, presumably at the camera:

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If you think cats have arms, raise your paw

If you think this is an adorable picture on Yahoo! Makers, raise your paw hand.

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If you think that a cat has an arm, raise your hand. Hmmm. I see that there’s a writer over at Yahoo! who believes that:

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Father of American Scholarship wasn’t American

I learn something new every day. Like, I just found out that Noah Webster, who was born and died in Connecticut, was really English. If the writer for Yahoo! Makers knew he wasn’t American, why didn’t I know? And why didn’t Wikipedia know?

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Dumbest Statement of the Day

Today’s dumbest statement comes in a sentence on Yahoo! Makers that’s packed with problems:

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There’s a word missing between each and with — I’m guessin’ it’s year. There’s the freaky use of the pronoun their, which has no antecedent, but which probably refers to farm. Or else it refers to the owners of the farm, which aren’t mentioned anywhere near that pronoun.

But the worst offense? The claim that the farm has been around for nearly 20 years, as if that’s a monumental accomplishment. In fact, the farm has been in the same family for ten generations, or nearly 300 years. Now that’s an accomplishment.

Jamming that many mistakes in a single sentence is accomplishment, too. Just not one to be proud of.

What dessert would you find?

What dessert do you think Johnny Depp found in the desert? My favorite cookie, Pecan Sandies? Or Lorna Dunes? Maybe the writer/editor for Yahoo! Style knows:

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