Do you concur?

In what must be the worst misspelling in the history of bad spelling, a Yahoo! Style editor embarrasses herself and everyone who works for the Internet giant with this:

concur sty hp

If you concur with my evaluation, you’ll be doubly shocked when you see that it’s not a typo. In the article itself, the editor repeats her ridiculous spelling of conquer:

concur sty

She also manages to completely screw up a simple fact: The video she so thoughtfully provided shows the qualifying time at four minutes and 27 seconds. Where did she get the idea it was anything less? Maybe after the writer conquers spelling, she’ll tackle basic arithmetic. Do you concur?

Here’s where you went wrong

Here are two mistakes on the Yahoo! Style home page that are really embarrassing. Did it take the entire staff of Style to decide that Governors Ball needed an apostrophe? (It doesn’t.)

governors ball heres sty hp

Was the staff also responsible for the grammatically compromised here’s (which should be here are)?

Somebody’s job might be on the chopping block

Can you imagine making these mistakes, which are seen by millions of people around the world, and still keeping your writing job?

personal affects sty

In my day (which was actually many decades ago), you make mistakes like that and you’re told to pack up your personal effects because your job is on the chopping block. Of course, in my day, professional writers knew the difference between affect and effect and knew that people bid on personal effects on an auction block.

Stay in school and get that diploma!

My advice to this associate editor for Yahoo! Style? Stay in school and get that high school diploma. Or take some GED classes that include basic English vocabulary. Then, you might not make this embarrassing mistake:

matriculation ceremony

That’s from an article about a student graduating from high school, not entering a college or university, which is what matriculation means. It’s a word I’d expect would be familiar to a high school graduate. But maybe I’m wrong.

Shocking truth revealed about Duchess of Cambridge!

In a shocking revelation, a Yahoo! Style writer uncovers a strange abnormality about Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge:

ankle length 1

What we have been seeing as the duchess’s knees are actually her ankles. And Yahoo! provides a picture to prove it:

ankle length pic

That only looks like a knee-length skirt. In fact, according to the anatomy experts at Yahoo!,  it comes to her ankles, which are located where you might expect to see knees.

Nautical = beige

I have no idea who Joel Edgerton is and after reading this photo caption on Yahoo! Style, I still have no idea:

nautical sty

However, I do know more than the writer, who thinks Mr. Edgerton is wearing a nautical ensemble:

nautical pic

Of course, if nautical is just another synonym for beige, then I guess the writer is correct.

Dumbest statement of the day

Good grief! This little paragraph from Yahoo! Style is horrible on so many levels:

min wage sty

It’s hands-down the winner for “Dumbest Statement of the Day.” I think we might overlook the plural verb are for the singular company because this might have been written by a Brit, where companies are plural, grammatically speaking. (Or it might have been written by someone who knows nothing about English grammar.) But the rest of the text? Truly horrible. The conversions from Sri Lankan rupees to U.S. dollars are ridiculously wrong. And the remaining words are nonsense. And this was written by someone who actually gets paid to write. Disgraceful.

Surprise! Majority of readers laughed at this headline

In a statement that’s sure to amuse fourth-grade graduates everywhere, Yahoo! Sports declares that 48% constitutes a majority:

majority mlb

A majority is more than half. So, by my reckoning, 52% (or a majority) of fans do NOT enjoy bat flips. And I pretty sure the majority of readers don’t enjoy reading such nonsense.

Eva Longoria is on the left

It’s such an easy mistake to make, isn’t it? Surely we can forgive the Yahoo! Style news editor for not verifying the spelling of Pamella Roland’s name. She probably thought, “There’s two L’s in there somewhere. So I’ll just put two in her first and last name.”

rolland sty 1

And we can forgive her for not being able to tell the difference between actress Eva Longoria and Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. The resemblance is uncanny.

rolland sty 2  rolland sty evan

In case you’re still trying to figure it out, Eva Longoria is on the left.

When right is wrong, what is left?

I’m trying to take a charitable view of this mix-up on Yahoo! Style:

right left sty

Maybe the editor who wrote that caption has dyslexia and can’t tell right from left.


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