What does it do?

If you’re looking for a decadent candle to give this holiday season, take a look at this recommendation from Yahoo! Style:


It’s not the greatest description of the candle. The writer managed to get the name of the product wrong (it’s Campagne d’Italie, not d’italia). And she mentions something that it does, but I don’t know what that is. As for the holder, the writer is correct when she says it’s “marble-esque” (though I’d prefer an actual word like “marble-like”) if she means actual marble. Yes, indeedie, it comes in a marble holder.

Stretching the meaning of matching

This might be a bit of a stretch on the Yahoo! Style home page:


The editor claims four people in that picture match. If she means they are all wearing white shirts, she’s correct — as long as she ignores the fact that two are wearing a black tuxedo, one is wearing a red suit, and another is wearing a blue suit, and the shoes are all different, and the ties are different. But other than that, they all match exactly!

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:


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