Isn’t the role of toilet paper generally the same in every household and restroom? What role did the Yahoo! Style writer mean when she wrote about a roll of bathroom tissue?
What could possibly be wrong with this opening sentence from Yahoo! Style?
Just a little problem: Somehow the writer was unable to reproduce the title of a book, even though it was right above her text:
Maybe the writer thinks a ton is 1,000 pounds, so 7,000 pounds is the equivalent of 7 tons. It’s basic arithmetic, except for the part about a ton being 1,000 pounds.
Do you think that the editors at Yahoo! Style know that this is the wrong word and wonder how it affected their readers? Me neither. I also don’t think they care that there’s a bit of nonsense that might be the result of a missing word:
Perhaps the writer meant “or whether they even were feminists.” Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and call that a typo.
I’m restraining myself. I was going to say something snarky about this mistake on Yahoo! Style, but I’ve decided that the writer needs our compassion and not our scorn:
Clearly the writer is vocabulary-challenged. Perhaps she is new to English and is still learning the language. We should support her in her efforts by gently pointing out that a novelist writes novels. Hence, the term novelist. And a novel is a work of fiction. None of the women she lists has written a novel and therefore none is a novelist. They have all written books, which were not works of fiction, and they might be described as authors.