If you’re taste buds, what am I?

If you’re wondering why the writing on Yahoo! Makers is full of miserable misspellings, grammatical gaffes, and terrible typos, consider this: The editor in chief of the website isn’t any better at English than her staff:

youre taste diy

Climbing the journalistic ladder

How did the editor in chief of Yahoo! Makers make it to that somewhat lofty position when she knows so little about language and grammar? On the home page of the site, she writes about this DIY ladder:

palette mak hp

This is a palette:


The ladder in question is made of pallets. Is that homophonic mistake just the result of a mental hiccup? Does the editor in chief really not the difference between a palette and a pallet. Uh, yes, she doesn’t know the difference. In the article behind that headline she writes:

palette mak art

Is it any wonder that the writing on Yahoo! Makers isn’t up to the standards of a typical high school newspaper?

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.

Your readers are sure to delight in this

If you’ve wondered why the writing on Yahoo! Makers is so amateurish and juvenile, take a look at this excerpt from an article written by the site’s editor in chief:

thanksgiving lc diy

She’s obviously a tad confused. She probably thinks that the word holiday should be capitalized, and not the name of the holiday. And she’s a little confused about you’re (which is short for you are) and your (which is the possessive pronoun).

Perhaps she just takes a very relaxed view about grammar and spelling and word usage. Perhaps that’s not a great attitude for an editor in chief.

How to write like a pro

Here’s how to write a list like a professional writer. In this case, the writer is the editor in chief of Yahoo! Makers, so she knows what she’s doing:

materials mak

The trick is to make a list Use random capitalization Don’t worry about separating items Just keep typing Hope nobody notices

The most boring dessert in the world

This dessert is so boring that it puts people to sleep. That’s why the combination of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallow is called a snore:

snores 1

If you thought that was a ridiculously careless misspelling of s’mores, you’d be wrong. Because the writer insists that they’re snores:

snores 2

And this writer should know what she’s talking about. She’s the editor in chief of Yahoo! Makers. So, she’s an expert in crafts and writing. Right?

Is it any wonder?

Is it any wonder that Yahoo! Makers is so full of misspellings, grammatical gaffes, factual errors, and general nonsense? When the site’s editor in chief thinks this is an acceptable spelling of tic-tac-toe — in an article she wrote — what does this say about Yahoo’s commitment to quality?

tic tack tow

Yum: Deep fried paint

Yum. I love a good tempura, so I’m really looking forward trying a little tempura paint. But first I’ll have to ask the editor in chief of  Yahoo! Makers, who wrote this, where I can get some:

tempura paint shack diy

Do you think the tempura will include shrimp, like this Japanese favorite?


Or do you think it will be more like tempera, which is an actual paint:


Tempera is paint that you should shake well before using, because shacking it well just doesn’t work.

It’s a town in California

Clint Eastwood wouldn’t make this mistake on Yahoo! Makers:

carmels diy

Mr. Eastwood is the former mayor of Carmel, a town in California. The candy is caramel.

What are you suggesting?

Writing for millions of readers of Yahoo! Makers might seem intimidating to some. I’m not intimating that all writers are fearful of making a mistake, but maybe a bit more concern about quality content is called for:


There’s one mistake even a spell-checker wouldn’t find, assuming that the writer deigned to use one.

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