Clippin’ the Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are a professional basketball team. Their home court is in Los b, according to Yahoo! Sports:


There’s another team with the same name, but it’s located in Los Angeles, which isn’t anywhere near Los b.

Each of these is wrong

What do these sentences have in common?

  • No misspelling ever appears on Yahoo!.
  • Articles written by Yahoo! staffers are grammatically correct.
  • Yahoo! articles are always accurate.

Each one of these sentences is wrong — just like this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports, where the writer can’t match the verb (which should be is) to the singular subject:

each are spo

Were a writer and editor involved?

Were both a writer and an editor involved in this article for Yahoo! Sports?

each have nba

If so, each has overlooked a grammatical goof: A singular pronoun (each) with a plural verb.

Both me, myself, and I know this is wrong

When did both become acceptable to use for more than two objects or persons? Oh, yeah, when the Yahoo! Sports writer hit the keyboard:

both spo

It’s a capital offense

Was an NBA team playing basketball in California’s state house? That’s what this Yahoo! Sports writer alleges, but I don’t believe him:

capitol sports

I think that he’s referring to a team in Sacramento, which is the California state capital. A capitol is a building where a legislature meets.

Putting readers through their paces

Readers of Yahoo! Sports were put through their paces trying to decipher this idiom:

put thru paces

The idiom is “put through [insert possessive pronoun] paces.” So, it’s “this squad was put through its paces.”

How many people were infected?

Geez, I can’t imagine how many people suffered from this staff infection, but it must have been a lot because it’s mentioned on Yahoo! Sports:

staff sports

The only thing worse would be a staff with a staph infection.

Neither that or this isn’t right

From Yahoo! Sports‘ “Ball Don’t Lie”:

anxiety sports 1

What? You didn’t like that? You were expecting maybe an or following “either the Houston Rockets”? Me, too. But this is Yahoo! and correlative conjunctions like either…or are simply too complex for its writers. So, we forgive.

Yes, we forgive because clearly the correlative conjunctions like neither…nor are a profound and mysterious construction:

anxiety sports 2

If the Einstein had used the word nor instead of or, this would have made some sense — not the sense the writer intended, but some sense. What the writer actually said with that double negative (neither and haven’t) is that both Daryl Morey and Sam Hinkie have commented blah, blah, blah. What he meant: Neither Morey nor Hinkie has commented…

So, there is a lot to be not on the writer’s side here, including this sentence:

anxiety sports 3

Regular readers of Terribly Write will recognize the end of that sentence from a few days ago. Now we know where it came from.

Both are wrong

In this little excerpt from Yahoo! Sports’ “Ball Don’t Lie,” the writer uses both with more than two items (which is both wrong and puzzling) and then follows up with a semicolon where a comma is called for:

both sports

The word both can only be used with two items — no more, no less. A semicolon can be used to join two independent clauses that are not joined by a conjunction. But in this example, the second clause is a dependent clause, meaning that it can’t stand alone as a sentence.

Where was when?

Do you pine for the day when you don’t have to scream at the writer for Yahoo! Sports’ “Ball Don’t Lie”?

where sports

Do you wish he knew that you use where when you’re referring to a place or location, and when when you’re referring to a time?

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