Errors pervade Yahoo

Errors pervade the writing at Yahoo!, like this misused word from Yahoo! Sports:

purveys mlb

Purvey means to “provide or sell.” The word that means to “spread throughout” is pervade or permeate.

To whoever is reading this

To whoever is reading this: The Yahoo! Sports writer is confused about the use of whomever (which is the objective case of whoever and is used as the object of a preposition) and whoever (which can be the subject of a verb like was listening):

to whomever spo

This writer isn’t alone in his confusion. To many people, it appears that whomever is the object of the preposition to, but it’s the entire clause that’s the object of the preposition. And whoever should be the subject of the verb in that clause.

If you’re not into being grammatically nitpicky and you’re faced with the choice between who and whom or whoever and whomever, go with who or whoever. In more the half the cases, you’ll be correct, and even if you’re wrong, your writing will sound more authentic and less stilted and formal.

Not a good craftsman

A good writing craftsman knows the difference between a plural and a singular noun, unlike this writer for Yahoo! Sports:

craftsmen mlb

Did anyone hear her signing?

I just don’t understand the controversy that was recently covered by Yahoo! Sports. How many people could actually hear a woman signing the national anthem? I thought signing was a way to communicate with people who are hearing-challenged and therefore didn’t involve sounds:

signing mlb

Eek! An error!

Eek! Two errors compound this homophonic goof on Yahoo! Sports:

eek mlb

The expression is eke out, not eek out, not eke out of, and definitely not eek out of. The word eek is what cartoon characters (and apparently women in the 1970s) say when they see a mouse:

eek a mouse

A wave of offenders

Every day there are a number of mistakes on Yahoo!. Some days see a lot more offending text than others. This wave of offenders has already brought at least one mismatched subject-verb pair on Yahoo! Sports:

wave have mlb

Cue the music!

Before you cue the music, you might want to make sure that the music is queued up.

cued up mlb

From Yahoo! Sports.

At least he wasn’t towing the line

I gotta give  credit to the Yahoo! Sports writer for using the verb toeing, and not towing, here:

toeing the line mlb

He didn’t fall into the trap that other Yahoo! writers have. Unfortunately, toeing the line means “adhering to rules or conforming.” And that’s not what the author meant. He was referring to someone who straddled the line between baseball and design.

Do you need a hands-on editor?

I’m here, getting hands-on with this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports:

along way spo

That missing hyphen isn’t so bad, but the rest of the sentence is a long way from correct.

Busy, busy, busy

Busy, busy, busy. I don’t have any problems saying busy. Why would Mr. LaRoche have a problem saying it? That’s what I’d like to ask the Yahoo! Sports writer:

saying busy spo

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