I’m a writer, not a mathematician!

The majority of readers of Yahoo! Style (that’s more than 50%) think that the writer needs to return to the third grade:

majority sty

What’s on the chopping block?

If I made as many mistakes in my job as this writer for Yahoo! Style, I’d be afraid my job would be on the chopping block:

chopping block sty

At least I know the difference between a chopping block and an auction block, which is what she meant, but didn’t write. I also know not to put a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and the word following it.

One word, so wrong

The writers at Yahoo! Style just love the word through. They love it so much they use it instead of threw. They use it not just for the past tense of the verb, but for the present tense of throw:

through sty

So, they got the wrong word in the wrong tense? Does that make sense?

It’s a rite of passage

There should be some rite of passage — some sort of test of competency — for editors who work for huge Internet companies. Maybe a competent editor would have found this misused word on Yahoo! Sports:

rite of passion spo

To which I say

This is what the Yahoo! Style writer wrote, to which I say, “If you want to do this for a living, learn English”:

to with sty

Throwing my hands up

I practically threw my hands up in the air after reading this on Yahoo! Style:

through a party sty

It’s the kind of homophonic mistake that only happens on Yahoo!.

Sneak peek

If this is a sneak peek of the quality of writing we can expect from Yahoo! Decor, I think it will be a rich source of fodder for Terribly Write:

chatskis sty

Can you figure out what “chatskis” are?I think it’s the phonetic spelling of tchotchkes by someone who doesn’t know how to pronounce tchotchkes. That’s the worst misspelling I’ve ever seen.

What a waist!

Fashion shows are becoming more and more inclusive as women with less-than-perfect bodies take to the runways. As noted by a Yahoo! Style writer, one model’s body is unique: Her waist is just a tad higher than most women’s. In fact, it’s just under her armpits:

pink rope pic pink rope

I think it’s great! Not so great? The writer’s inability to match a verb (which should be suggest) with its plural subject and neglecting to hyphenate the adjective modern-day. But at least she spelled waist correctly, even if she can’t identify it.

Brimming with errors

I’ve often said that you don’t need to know anything about fashion or style or the English language to write for Yahoo! Style. It’s a site brimming with errors. And here’s proof once again:

red brim pic red brim sty

Yes, that is indeed a hat with a black brim.The red ribbon is not the brim; it is called a hatband and it sits above the brim.

Nay, the time is nigh

When I read this on Yahoo! TV I actually said, “Huh?” loudly enough that others heard me (and if they read this, they were probably thinking it, too). Someone needs to tell the writer (who is actually the New York bureau chief for Yahoo Entertainment) that there’s a time to learn a little more about the English language, and the time is nigh:

time is neigh tv


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