Were hormones involved?

What did Apple’s employees secrete? Hormones? Or did they just secrete something in a hiding place? Whatever they did, as reported by the brain trust at yahoo.com, they probably did it secretly:

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Singing the praises of a saddle back

If the editors over at Yahoo! Style ever develop a sixth-grade vocabulary, I’d have considerably less to write about. Fortunately for us, they continue to misuse words, even when writing about a handbag style that’s called a saddle bag:

touting sty

Using their prescience powers, they’ve decided that editors will be singing the praises of the bag “around.” OK. I would have thought they will be toting it around, but I’ll go with touting.

Make over that makover

I love it when folks go to the trouble of making a graphic for their website, and neglect to proofread the text. It happens a lot on Yahoo! Makers, and it happened again today, on Makover Monday:

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Not even close

Those wacky writers at Yahoo! Style are at it again. They don’t even come close to the right word in this article about clothes?

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Enduring the humiliation

I don’t know that I could endure the humiliation if I were responsible for this excerpt from Yahoo! Style:

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Dropping a word in what should be housed in a convent is no big deal (though I’d never use the verb housed to refer to a person). Using humility instead of humiliation is disgraceful.

Suit yourself

Yahoo! Makers offers all kinds of articles on do-it-yourself projects. You may just find one to suit your taste. My favorite is the edit-it-yourself features, allowing readers to express their inner grammarian:

suite diy

Use / or or, but not both

When reading this list of materials for a DIY project on Yahoo! Makers, I almost overlooked the redundant use of the slash and the word or. That’s because I was focused on the word velum:

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I haven’t seen that word outside of biology textbooks. The velum is a thin membrane or the soft palate, which is the back of the roof of the mouth. I’m not sure how you’d use it instead of tracing paper. Perhaps the writer meant vellum. Just takin’ a wild guess.

Duchess of Cambridge: Baring all!

I can’t bear the thought of the Duchess of Cambridge revealing a bit of skin. So unlike her. She returned from vacation, grinning and baring something. Was it a tan? A bit of cleavage? No one knows except the writer for Yahoo! Style:

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Woe is me!

Woe is me! I made the mistake of reading this headline on Yahoo! Style:

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I couldn’t figure out if Mr. Blacc had won the writer over or bowled her over. Does it matter? This writer was obviously suffering from the encounter and it spills over into her writing.

This gal loves her some commas, which she sprinkles liberally throughout the piece along with an extraneous word or two. But the fun for us is trying to figure out how a black suit comes with a white jacket:

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Let’s say fare-thee-well to “has fared him well,” because that makes no sense. This writer is obviously a tad vocabulary-challenged. Perhaps she meant “has served him well.” A dictionary might just serve her well.

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Take a cue: Learn English

Here’s a little advice for the writer for Yahoo! front page: Go back to school, learn basic English, and get that high school diploma:

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I’m sure high school grads know the difference between a line (which is a queue) and a hint or suggestion (which is a cue). At least I was sure until I read this.


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