When clothes look like people

Penelope Cruz wore an outfit that looked like an actor? How can that be? According to the editors on the Yahoo! front page it happened on the red carpet:

If she’d worn an outfit that looked similar to an actor’s (or an actor’s outfit), I’d understand. But this has me totally confused.


Asses your writing

Just skip over the extra word here on Yahoo! Shine and head right on down to the best typo of the month:

You can stop reading right now, because the rest of the grammatical errors just can’t compare with that.

If you’re still with me, you’ll notice that the writer knew she needed a hyphen somewhere, but couldn’t figure out where:

She should have kept homework whole (it’s not hyphenated) and added the hyphen here: homework-free.

I think the writer, whose study of the English language was clearly insufficient, could use a refresher course on common homophonous errors:

Who’s is a contraction for who is or who has. The possessive of who is whose, which is what she should have used.

What do marauding zombies hoard?

What do marauding zombies hoard? Human brains?

Is it possible that the senior editor for Yahoo! Shine has mistaken hoard (which a secret supply or cache) with a horde (a large group or crowd)?


My kids won’t be trick-or-treating at your house this year

We’ll be passing by this writer’s house this Halloween. I don’t want any of that sweaty stuff contaminating my kids’ treats.


Thank you, Yahoo! Shine, for the first laugh of the day.

Who’s that behind the Foster Grants?

Recognize this woman? According to the photo caption on Yahoo! Movies, it’s Dylan Cannon:

According to the rest of the world, this is Dylan Cannon:

The woman behind the sunglasses in the first photo is actually Dyan Cannon. Nice fact-checking and proofreeading job, Yahoo!

Eerie errors

I can’t believe you wrote that. That’s what I’d say to the senior features editor for Yahoo! Shine. I can believe you put a comma in the wrong place. (In the U.S., a comma goes before a closing quotation mark.) But using lard as a synonym for butter? That’s just a sign of ignorance. Lard is made from the fat of a pig; butter is a dairy product. I’d also advise you not to rely on your memory when trying to duplicate a subject’s name. Mary Pelton is actually Marie Pelton. And I’d advise you to brush up on punctuation, because a comma is no substitute for a colon or em dash:

More? You could use help with pronouns and their antecedents. Here you imply that  sculptures have a clay-like pliability — it’s the butter with that quality. But the pronoun their refers to either sculptures. And here’s a name you should have Googled — Darryl Strawberry:

There’s that Mary again! But the eeriest error you’ve made so far is this county name, which is actually kinda funny:

Awesome. You still haven’t learned that the woman’s name is Marie Pelton:

Holy mistakes! There are a couple of commas missing, two Marys, and the NFSW, which must stand for Not For Safe Work:

That’s about it! You’re doing a great job, except when you’re not.

David O’Selznick: Jewish-Irish producer

David O’Selznick is best known for producing the Irish classic “Leprechaun with the Wind.”

His distant cousin, David O. Selznick, produced the American classic “Gone with the Wind.”

A tip of my tam o’ Shanter to Yahoo! Movies for this great find.

Poor Tim Gunn

Poor Tim Gunn! The urbane fashion consultant and TV personality had to suffer through an interview with Joanna Douglas, a Yahoo! Shine staffer. Mr. Gunn’s fans wishing to read the interview will have to suffer through grammatical gaffes, typos, misspellings, and missing words, like this:

Mr. Gunn is a spokesperson for Tide, but he’s not the only one. The writer (who so modestly refers to herself in the royal “we”) also shills for the detergent when she isn’t taking time to make over the English language:

Here’s a novel spelling of vice versa and the somewhat lesser offense of a missing hyphen in the compound adjective loose-fitting:

Who doesn’t know that Labor Day needs capital letters? Oh, yeah — the writer:

This mistake is so common (especially on Yahoo!), that I almost expect it:

The writer, who specializes in fashion and beauty, should know how to spell waistband:

What should we make of this little question?

There’s a hyphen missing here:

a word missing here:

and another missing hyphen:

The writer obviously eschews using a spell-checker:

and can’t proofread her own writing:

Spell-checker? She don’t need no stinkin’ spell-checker. She doesn’t care how the hell you spell separation and putting in an apostrophe where it belongs:

Poor Tim Gunn. This must be an embarrassment to him. If the writer took pride in her work, it would be an embarrassment to her, too.

Must be a slow news day

What do you do if there’s not enough news to fill the front page of your site? Do what the folks at yahoo.com do, and give a headline special treatment:

Boehner’s lastest bill to reduce spending by $9.18 a year!

In a startling turnaround, House Speaker Boehner proposed raising the debt ceiling by $900 billion and reducing the growth of spending by an average of $9.18 a year over the next ten years.

The Yahoo! News blog “The Ticket” is the first (and likely the only) source for this astounding development.

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