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.
What do these sentences have in common?
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:
From Yahoo! Sports‘ “Ball Don’t Lie”:
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:
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:
Regular readers of Terribly Write will recognize the end of that sentence from a few days ago. Now we know where it came from.
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:
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.