It’s not nice to fool your readers

I should have known that when a writer for Yahoo! Makers can’t figure out what verb to use in a simple sentence, that the rest of the article would not go well:

is for are diy

Undeterred by that obvious grammatical gaffe, I read on. I was curious to see what I could make with a cone, fake snow, and hot glue. And then I saw the actual list of materials and equipment I’d need:

list mak

Well, don’t I feel foolish. Here’s an obvious case of bait and switch. Lure me in with a promise of making a Christmas tree using three objects, and then spring this on me. I’m not even going to mention the misspelled iridescent and snowflakes and the missing slash in and/or. OK, so maybe I will mention them.

Does any know actual grammar?

Do any of the writers and editors at Yahoo! Style know actual English grammar? I’m talkin’ about the ability to match a subject (like, oh, say, tickets) with its verb (which ain’t goes):

tickets goes sty

Apparently it’s just too hard to find the subject in some sentences (I’m lookin’ at you, one) so that they can come up with the correct form of the verb (which ain’t were):

not one were sty

Does anyone there know correct grammar? Does anyone there care?

Neither was available

Was Yahoo! TV writer looking for a fellow writer or an editor who was familiar with grammar. If so, it looks like neither was available — or maybe neither knew that when used as a pronoun, neither is singular:

neither were tv

Maybe Katie Couric can explain this

Now I don’t get it. Why does reading something on make me want to poke my eyes out?

fp does makes

Maybe Katie Couric can explain the grammatical errors that appear so frequently on this page.

Neither is intimidated

Neither the writer nor the editor at Yahoo! Style is intimidated by grammar. They simply just ignore it:

neither are style

The rule is simple: When a compound subject is joined by neither…nor, the verb must agree with the subject closer to it. In this case, the closer subject is Hurley and the verb should be is.

This is the “news”

If you judge the accuracy of a news site by the quality of its writing, you might want to skip Yahoo! News. The folks there have trouble matching a subject with its verb:

cancel news

… and don’t seem to know that Angela Merkel is the German chancellor:

angel news

Just call her EIC

I don’t get it. Does this woman write in the third person? Is she or isn’t she the author of this article? And is she the editor in chief or the editor-in-chief of Yahoo! Makers? Seems to me that whoever wrote this should know:

editor in chief mak

Perhaps my standards are just too high. Maybe I need to lower them and accept that plural subjects don’t need to have plural verbs.

A quick glance reveals a goof

A quick glance at this sentence from Yahoo! Style reveals a disconnect between its subject and verb:

reveal sty

It takes a team

It took a team Yahoo! Style staffers to come up with this ridiculously wrong possessive of the plural noun models:

modelss sty

Apparently there was some disagreement in this brain trust as to where the apostrophe goes — before or after the S. So that put it before and after an S. (Just in case someone on the Style staff is reading this, here’s the scoop: the possessive of models is models’.)

Just between you and me

Just between you and me, I think there are more than two airlines in the world. And if the editors at knew that they’d probably use among instead of between:

fp between airlines


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