Headline leads to confusion

Will a reward lead to information that leads to a gunman? Is that what the editors at yahoo.com were trying to say, but failed?

fp leads to in

Banking on readers’ ignorance?

Do you think the editors at yahoo.com were banking on their readers’ ignorance when they wrote this?

fp banking

The expression that means “rely or depend on” is bank on. It is not simply bank. And adding the word on to that sentence just won’t cut it. It needs to be rewritten to be grammatically correct.

Jennifer Lawrence rents a secret

Yes, you read that right. According to the brain trust at Yahoo! Style, actress Jennifer Lawrence went braless and was concerned that her secret was leased:

was leased sty

This is so contrary to everything we’ve learned about Ms. Lawrence, who seems so open about the most intimate details of her existence. I would have thought that she doesn’t care that her “lingerie secret” was leaked. But what do I know? More than this writer.

News gets worse

It looks like Yahoo! News is trying out a new format (at least that’s what I see in Firefox). Too bad the Internet giant didn’t spend a little more time training some proofreaders and teaching their editors to writer shorter headlines that fit into the now limited spaces:

new news hp

A couple of missing words

It’s just a couple of missing words in this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports:

a couple spo mlb

It’s a mistake to omit the of following couple, at least to the folks at the American Heritage Dictionary:

The of in the phrase a couple of is often dropped in speech, but this omission is usually considered a mistake. In 2013, 80 percent of the Usage Panel found the sentence A couple friends came over to watch the game to be unacceptable.

A couple of words about your writing…

I have just a couple of words about this sentence on Yahoo! Sports:

couple names spo hp

There’s a word missing! It’s a couple of big names! According to the American Heritage Dictionary:

The of in the phrase a couple of is often dropped in speech, but this omission is usually considered a mistake. In 2013, 80 percent of the Usage Panel found the sentence A couple friends came over to watch the game to be unacceptable.

Thrown into chaos

It took only one missing word on yahoo.com for a sentence to be thrown into chaos:

fp to thrown

What’s that again?

What’s a Yahoo! Style article without an incorrect word or two? Or three? Using the indefinite article a instead of an isn’t that horrible, is it?

a outfit sty

Nah. It’s the mess of a sentence that’s horrible. It seems to be telling us that a slinky red dress walked in another dress “just two earlier.” If someone could provide a translation, I’d almost be grateful.

Is this the reason for its demise?

It’s being reported all over the Interweb that Yahoo! Autos is closing. With the high-quality writing like this, I can’t imagine why readers aren’t flocking to the site:

drivers auto

It not provides a lesson

This is a sentence from the home page of Yahoo! Makers. It not only provides a lesson in the need for proofreading, but also demonstrates how errors can make you look foolish:

it not diy hp

There are so many ways this went wrong. Did the writer mean “It not only provides”? If so, then she should have completed the correlative conjunction with but also, not and also. Or did the writer mean “It provides”? Then the not is extraneous and the and also is redundant.

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