It’s not Valentine’s Day

What can I say? What can anyone say after reading this on Yahoo! Style?

choose former

Published on February 12, two days before Valentine’s Day, this little article can’t get anything right, even though it was written by Yahoo Style “Editors.” They don’t know it’s not Valentine’s Day; they can’t even spell Valentine’s Day. As if that’s not bad enough, they recommend some outfits (in red, the traditional color for the holiday) for readers who choose to ignore the day. Is it possible that the team of “editors” has confused former and latter? Yup.

Readers notice your mistakes

If you think your readers don’t notice your writing mistakes, you’ve made one more mistake. Here’s the first sentence from an article on Yahoo! Style:

stood him up

Here are just a few of the many comments made by readers of that article:

His wife “stood him up” and was there to support him both. Please send all Yahoo writers back to school.

This does not even make sense. How does one stand someone up if they are there? Perhaps the writer meant to say “showed him up”?

I think the author meant to say “showed him up” not “stood him up”

Idiots that write these articles need to go back to school.

I think they meant “upstaged” but the journalist also used the word “partner” incorrectly too. A spouse is a spouse is a spouse. Journalism is dead.

Makes no sense. Another stupid Yahoo article

I thought that to “stand someone up” is to not appear where you are expected, as in not meeting at the appointed place for a date. Did the author mean “showed him up” or “stood out”? Why do I care??

It’s upstaged, not stood up. idiot!

It’s better to write something stupid …

… than to write nothing at all. That seems to be the philosophy at yahoo.com. How else do you explain this?

fp mem looks

Apparently it was not Beyonce’s vocal chops, dancing, videos, song choices, production values, or anything else having to do with her recordings that won her so many Grammy nominations. It was her outfits. Good to know.

What words of love did Amber Heard say?

What “swooniest thing” did Amber Heard say about herself? Did she say, “Oh, I love my humility”? “I’m so humble is makes me swoon”? The staff at Yahoo! Celebrity has picked out the best of Ms. Heard’s self-adulation:

said about her

OK, so it’s pretty obvious that the writer got it wrong. The article is about the “swooniest things” they’ve said about each other. I can see how a writer might confuse “her” and “each other.” They both contain H-E-R.

Nobody’s swimming in those swimsuits

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is probably the most anticipated magazine in the country. It features women in swimsuits, none of whom is actually swimming. But given that the folks at Style aren’t exactly into sports, we shouldn’t be surprised that they don’t know the name of the issue:

swim issue style

Not a sports fan?

I suspect this writer for Yahoo! Style is not a fan of football or Roman numerals:

xvix super bowl

That XVIX makes absolutely no sense, Roman numeral-wise. It would have taken the writer about XV seconds to find out that the sports event is Super Bowl XLIX.

U.S. Census data grossly under reports population

The U.S. Census Bureau has grossly underestimated the number of Americans at around 320 million. That number is less than one-third the actual number, according to those mathematical geniuses at Yahoo! Makers:

billion diy

Oh, that “only second to Christmas” allegation? It might be true if the writer meant “second only to Christmas.”

Where does Yahoo! find these writers? A third-grade class?

You’re an idiot

Sometimes I just have to say it: The Yahoo! Style writer responsible for this lie is an idiot. Or lazy. Or uncaring about accuracy or journalistic integrity or (heaven forbid) football:

td style

The Super Bowl was the most watched television program in U.S. history. But I’m guessin’ this writer wasn’t one of the viewers. He probably overheard people talking about Malcolm Butler at the water cooler and deciding he didn’t need to do any actual research, made up Mr. Butler’s contribution to the Pats’ win. Malcolm Butler did not score the winning touchdown. He did not score any touchdown. He intercepted a pass and secured New England’s win.

Prose, poetry. It’s all the same

Once again the writers and editors at Yahoo! have shocked me with their limited vocabulary and their incorrect use of common words. This time it’s in a headline at Yahoo! News, where the writer thinks that a poetry festival is about celebrating the West with prose:

prose news

Where did the writer get the idea that prose and poetry are synonymous? They are not. Prose is ordinary, commonplace, non-rhyming, non-metrical speech or writing. Just like that headline.

East is east, but sometimes it’s East

Do kids learn geography in school any more? I’m just wonderin’ because it seems that this Yahoo! Style writer is seriously ignorant of geography. Maybe he was helping the lunchroom ladies the day that his class learned about the Middle East:

moroccan

Maybe he was daydreaming about the latest cover of Vogue magazine when the teacher explained that Morocco is in North Africa — on the western coast of the Mediterranean Sea, unlike the Middle East, which is on the eastern edge of the sea.

Maybe he just gets east and west mixed up. That could happen to anyone. And maybe he doesn’t realize that sometimes east is East when it refers to eastern Asia, and west is West when it refers to Europe and the Western Hemisphere.

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