Dumbest Statement of the Day

This episode of Dumbest Statement of the Day comes to you from Yahoo! Makers, where makers make dumb mistakes:

watercooler

What does “watercooler cookies” have to do with Monet, who was known for his paintings of water lilies? Uh, nothing. You might notice that the cookies look like they were painted with watercolors, and they are indeed called “Watercolor Cookies.” And what does that have to do with Monet? Uh, nothing. Monet didn’t paint with watercolors. So this writer screwed up the name of the cookies and screwed up with the reference to “Monet in the Bank.” Maybe that’s the dumbest statement of the week.

Dude, when ya’ havin’ that baby?

A caption for a photo of a preggers Kourtney Kardashian on Yahoo! Style:

dude date

I have nothing to say. Nothing.

And now my interest is piqued

This really piqued my interest. I couldn’t believe the mistake on Yahoo! Makers and I wondered if the writer even knew that piqued was a real word:

peaked diy

Johnny Deep thoughts

A lot of deep thought went into this photo caption from Yahoo! Style:

deep sty

It takes some real creativity (and a sense of humor!) to mock Johnny Depp’s name like that. It takes some deep reasoning to reinforce the meaning of a co-star: It’s a fellow co-star, and not just a fellow star.

Dumbest Statement of the Day

I’m not going to mince my words: This little sentence on Yahoo! Style is the dumbest thing I’ve read today:

minced sty

The writer (and her editor, if she has one) must be complete morons. This is from an article about Mr. Bublé “fat shaming” (yes, that is apparently a real thing) a stranger. The writer thinks “mincing words” means that he was somehow insulting or chewing out the stranger. It is the exact opposite. The American Heritage Dictionary says that “to mince” means “to moderate, restrain, or euphemize (words) for the sake of politeness and decorum: Don’t mince words: say what you mean.

Stupid word choice, Yahoo edition

Where does Yahoo! Style go from here? Maybe next year the site will hire real editors and we’ll see some intelligent word choices on Yahoo!, 2016 edition:

addition sty

A new Words with Friends?

Has Yahoo! News announced a new game: Word War Two?

word war news

It sounds like a variation of Words with Friends, except with enemies.

Is that correct? Not by a long shot

Is this idiom used correctly on Yahoo! Style? Not by a long shot. And by that I mean, “NO!” Jeez, doesn’t the writer know that a long shot is a horse, person, or occurrence that has little or no chance of succeeding?

long shot

This writer also is a long shot for succeeding at writing. If she’s not the worst writer at Yahoo!, she’s at least a runner-up.

When the heroine is an addict

Can a movie character be both a heroine and an addict? Apparently, yes. At least according to Yahoo! Style editors:

heroine

Walking through a drunken crowd

Who the heck wants to walk through a crowd of drunken locals on vacation? Not me! That’s what I’d tell the Yahoo! Style writer responsible for confusing locales with locals:

locals

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