Zany spellings!

Here’s some advice that’s obvious to everyone who writes — except everyone who writes for Yahoo! Style: Misspelling the name of your subject — like, oh, say maybe Zayn Malik — makes you look really, really bad, especially if you do it in a headline:

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It’s a mistake of an amateur writer, a careless writer, or a writer who’s so arrogant he doesn’t feel he needs to Google the name. (Do I need to mention the word choice? Mr. Malik didn’t shave his locks, he shaved his head.)

So, someone at Yahoo! Style must have finally realized that Mr. Malik shaved off his locks. That got corrected, but the geniuses continued to overlook the zany misspelling:

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And that’s not just a careless typo. The writer really believes that’s how to spell his name, because he uses that spelling in the article, along with some extra words and a freshly misspelled freshly:

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Will these mistakes be corrected? We’re hoping.

Not even tryin’ to get it right

How much effort did the writer for Yahoo! Style put into uncovering Gabourey Sidibe’s name right?

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It’s still not Manny Pacquiao

It’s happened before, and it’ll probably happen again after today. It’s the yahoo.com editors’ sad attempt at spelling Pacquiao:

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Didn’t they learn anything from the last misspelling? Nope.

What were you sipping when you wrote that?

Was the writer of this headline on Yahoo! Makers sipping a little champagne when writing this?

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Not trying too hard

In this article written by Yahoo! Style “editors,” it seems that no one is trying too hard to make sure Anna Wintour’s name is spelled correctly and that the correct homophone is used:

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Make over that makover

Imagine going to the trouble of having a graphic made for your website, and then not bothering to proofread it. Imagine how embarrassed the folks at Yahoo! Makers would be if they saw this. And if they cared about little niceties like spelling:

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What do you say to a choir of Scottish girls?

What do you say to a choir of Scottish girls? Singlasses, sing!

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It makes me want to throw up

Seeing mistake after mistake ad nauseam on Yahoo! Style makes me want to vomit:

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You might think so…

You might think that this misspelling of Freida Pinto’s name on Yahoo! Style was just a silly little typo:

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You would be wrong. In the article behind that headline, we find the writer commits another “typo” as well as an idiotic idiomatic mistake with arrived to instead of arrived at:

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And just in case you still want to give the writer the benefit of the doubt, let me remove all doubt. The writer really, really thinks this is how you spell Freida:

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As for the punctuation, the placement of the comma may be OK in the UK, but in the States, commas and periods go before the closing quotation mark.

What they make is mistakes

After reading this, it shouldn’t take you long to figure out what they’re making over at Yahoo! Makers:

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They’re making mistakes and not just one or two. They’re making four in a single sentence, three of which would be flagged by a common spell-checker. The writers make more mistakes per hour than any other writers on the Web.

(In case the writer is reading this, it should be airborne, toxins, than, and purifying.)

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