Trump takes over presidency weeks early!

I thought the presidential inauguration was scheduled for January 20, 2017. But I was wrong. Somehow I missed the transition of the Cheeto Bandito from president-elect to president. Fortunately I have the geniuses at Yahoo! News to keep me up to date:


Shouldn’t it be called OPEN?

Ever wonder why the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Nations is commonly referred to as OPEC and not OPEN? Me, neither. And neither did the Yahoo! Finance writer responsible for this:


Perhaps if he did he would have realized that the group is the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Finally the truth: Suffragists did NOT want to vote

With all the talk about the election and Hillary Clinton’s breaking the glass ceiling by actually winning the popular vote, you may have also heard about suffragists. Now some people think that back in the early part of the last century Suffragists were American women who were advocating for the right to vote. Those people would be wrong, at least if you believe what you read on Yahoo! Style:


According to this genius of a writer, the suffragists weren’t protesting for the right to vote, they were protesting the right to vote.

Do your glances think?

A cursory glance at this excerpt from Yahoo! Style is all it takes to spot some major problems:


Can we talk about the whole “cursory glance might have thought” thing? Really, glances (cursory or otherwise) don’t have a lot of thoughts.

If the missing space were the only error in this paragraph, I wouldn’t even mention it. But I have to mention the fact that the writer can’t keep her subject’s name straight. It’s Jenner, not Kardashian.

When she’s not confusing a Jenner with a Kardashian, the writer’s confusing Smokey (which is a forest-fire preventing bear) with smoky (which is the color of smoke).

So, what does your cursory glance think of this?

And then I stopped reading

I never got past this first sentence in an article on Yahoo! Finance:


Can you really trust a writer who thinks there was a time when the only job a woman could get was as a secretary? I don’t think so.

Isn’t that a good thing?

In an article about racial inequity in public schools, one Yahoo! Style writer claims that students of color have a lower dropout rate than other students:


Isn’t that a good thing? Yes, it would be if it were accurate. The fact-challenged writer was paraphrasing an article that stated that high school graduation rates are lower for minority students. That means that dropout rates are higher, not lower.

I think this writer needs to go back to school and get that GED.

That’s quite a turtleneck!

You just gotta wonder what was going through the mind of the Yahoo! Style writer who contributed this description to the picture just below it:


I have no idea what a “suit dress” is, but I suspect the writer doesn’t either. I don’t know what color the writer’s lemonade is, but mine is definitely NOT blue and gold. And that turtleneck that Beyoncé is allegedly sporting has a very realistic image of a partial breast on it. Just what picture was she looking at when she wrote that?

Knock out that buy out

For a reason I will never understand, editors and writers at Yahoo! have trouble distinguishing between a phrasal verb and a noun. This time it’s evidenced on the home page of Yahoo! Finance — with not one, but two nouns, each of which should be two words:


Buyout is a noun; the phrasal verb is buy out. Knockout is a noun; the verb phrase is knock out.

You know what’s really funny? Even if the editor had written “Cabela’s to buy out Bass Pro…” that headline would still be wrong. I didn’t realize how really, really wrong it was until I saw the title of the article behind that headline:


Who you callin’ a donkey?

This writer for Yahoo! Style is likely one of those city slicker gals who doesn’t have a heap of experience with animals. She wrote this:


about this:


Well, I’m no expert, but that looks like a pony or miniature horse.

Foxy stars of ‘Teen Wolf’

Don’t you love it when a writer tries to use an unusual or fancy-pants word and gets it wrong? Me, too. I just love the use of vulpine in this article on Yahoo! Style about “Teen Wolf” stars:


Vulpine refers to a fox or something resembling a fox. The word that refers to a wolf is lupine.

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