To kick off this blog post about Yahoo! Style, I’m excited to share that neither the writer nor the editor knows the difference between a noun (like kickoff) and a phrasal verb (like kick off):
I hopin’ one of my loyal readers can explain this sentence from Yahoo! Style:
Can you be “hugging onto” a person or simply hugging them? Or hanging onto them? What does that mean?
While you’re at it, maybe you can explain how one basks in firework beauty. Are you warmed by a single pyrotechnic device? Or are you enjoying fireworks, which is an actual display of the devices common on the Fourth of July.
I’m no mathematical genius, in fact, I’m barely competent in basic arithmetic. But I’m pretty sure that this claim on Yahoo! Style is off by at least 100 years:
Levi’s the company has been around since 1853, which is somewhat more than 50 years ago. I think. But I’m no mathematical genius, so I could be wrong.
Proving once again that you don’t need to know anything about fashion to land a job at Yahoo! Style, this writer claims to have spotted a paisley print:
Here’s what the writer calls “paisley,” but the retailer calls “floral stripes”:
That seems to be a lot (I mean A LOT) closer to the truth, since a paisley print involves amoeba-like figures like this:
If I could, I’d ask the Yahoo! Style writer if she knows what makes this wording different from, say, the correct wording:
The American Heritage Dictionary covers the use of different than and different from. Here’s the part that’s relevant, though you may want to read the full discussion:
Traditionally, from is used when the comparison is between two persons or things: My book is different from [not than] yours. Note that noun phrases, including ones that have clauses in them, also fall into this category: The campus is different from the way it was the last time you were here.