Was this written on the spur of the moment, without time to check the meaning of the word spur?
I can’t find a single meaning of spur that fits into this sentence from Yahoo! Style. Do you think the writer meant surge?
Readers of yahoo.com have been put through the wringer trying to decipher this expression:
A wringer is the part of an old-timey washing machine that squeezed the water out of laundry:
It doesn’t take a vivid imagination to visualize being put through a wringer. I have no idea what the writer thought “through the ringer” could possibly mean.
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.