No clue. No clue at all

I know this teaser on the home page of Yahoo! Finance is wrong, but I have no clue how to make it right:

Donald Trump lead makes no sense to me, even if the editor had used the correct past tense of lead, which is led. Is there a word or two missing? Should this be: Donald Trump’s election led …? Who knows!?

Also, who knows why the editor chose to use data as a plural noun. Although data can be used with either a singular or a plural verb, except in the most technical cases, it’s treated as a singular noun denoting a mass quantity. Anyone Googling the word would see that recent data shows it’s most often used with a singular verb.


How one dreadful headline led to a headache

Oy. Does my head ache! And I blame it on this headline from Yahoo! Movies:


It led to my throbbing temples. What made the editor think that lead was the past tense of lead? When lead is pronounced led, it’s the stuff that’s in a pencil. The past tense of the verb lead (which is pronounced leed) is led. Which leads me to another source of my pain: That crazy hyphen before Detour. What led the editor to believe that was correct?

Get the lead out!

Ya’ gotta wonder what led the Yahoo! Style to think that this was the correct word:

lead the pack sty

Although lead can be pronounced led, it’s not the past tense of the verb lead. That would be led.

Get the lead out!

What led the Yahoo! Celebrity writer to think that this was the past tense of lead?

lead cel

The verb is lead (pronounced leed) and its past tense is led (pronounced, um, led). The noun lead is also pronounced led. Is that what led to this writer’s confusion?

What led you to believe that was correct?

What led the writer for Yahoo! Celebrity to believe this was correct?

which lead cel

The word lead (when it’s pronounced led) is the stuff inside a pencil. The past tense of the verb lead (pronounced leed) is led.

What led you to believe that was correct?

Though this article on Yahoo! Makers was written by a professional, it belies her knowledge of grammar, which led to her using the wrong word for the past tense of the verb lead:

lead to diy

Perhaps she thinks because when lead refers to the stuff in a pencil, it’s pronounced LED. But when you’re looking for the past tense of the verb (which is pronounced LEED), it’s also pronounced LED, and spelled — surprise! — led.

They’ve done it again

Oops. They’ve done it again. And again. The writers at Yahoo! Style simply haven’t mastered English grammar and continue to commit obvious and egregious grammatical gaffes. First, it’s the mismatch of a singular subject (Sophie Webster) with a plural verb (have done). How does such an obvious error get past the editors? Oh, yeah, there are no editors.

have done coca cola sty

Then there’s the glaring use of lead (which, when pronounced led, is the stuff inside a pencil) instead of the past tense led. Not content with showing an astounding ignorance of grammar, the writer displays a complete disregard for the trademarked Coca-Cola.

They’ve done it again. And they’ll do it again.

You have been led astray

If you’re like the writer Yahoo! Style and think this is correct, you’ve been led astray sometime in your elementary school education:

have been lead style

The past tense of lead (which, as a verb, is pronounced LEED) is led; the stuff inside a pencil is lead (which is pronounced LED).

What led you to believe that was correct?

I get it. The word lead can be pronounced leed or led. So, to a Yahoo! Sports writer, this probably looks okie-dokie:

will be lead sports

But to the rest of the English-speaking world, it just looks weird. And really, really wrong. The past tense of the verb lead is led.

I’m way past tense

After reading this, I’m not merely tense — I’m way past tense and entering the land of anxiety. And the cause of my emotional state is the constant assault on the English language by the brilliant writers for the Yahoo! front page:

I’m going to guess that the writer thinks that the verb lead is like the verb read. The past tense of read (pronounced REED) is read (pronounced RED). The past tense of lead (pronounced LEED) is led (pronounced LED).

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