Taking the typo trend next level

Yahoo! Style takes the typo trend (at least it’s a trend on Yahoo!) to the next level with this headline:

trend next level sty

It’s chock-full of errors

How can one little paragraph be so chock-full of errors? Simple. It’s from Yahoo! Makers, where quality writing is not a priority.

london bridge

The preferred spelling at the American Heritage Dictionary is chock-full, although chockfull is also acceptable. The preferred reference by anyone familiar with English is Big Ben, not the Big Ben. If the writer is referring to London Bridge (with a capital B) it doesn’t get the before it either. But if she’s referring to generic bridges, it doesn’t get a capital B. Who knows what she means?

Befitting a high school newspaper?

I’ve seen high school newspapers that are better written than Yahoo! Style. You don’t need a high school diploma to spot the missing word between in and white or to find the misspelled white. All you need is a basic knowledge of English to know that these errors are not befitting a professionally written website read by millions around the world:

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Enduring the humiliation

I don’t know that I could endure the humiliation if I were responsible for this excerpt from Yahoo! Style:

endured humility sty

Dropping a word in what should be housed in a convent is no big deal (though I’d never use the verb housed to refer to a person). Using humility instead of humiliation is disgraceful.

The snapping talk show

Talk shows are a lot smarter than they used to be. They can take pictures and they have a gender. At least that’s the case with this one, mentioned on Yahoo! Celebrity:

the talk show celeb

You’re onto something

If you spotted the missing word on the Yahoo! front page, you may be labeled an “eagle-eye.” And if noticed the irrational split of a word, you’re onto something:

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How’s that proofreading going? How’s that proofreading going?

It’s not uncommon to see mistakes on Yahoo! DIY. It’s not uncommon to see mistakes on Yahoo! DIY. Like repeated sentences. Like repeated sentences. And sentences that never get an end because the writer nodded off. And sentences that never get an end because the writer nodded off.

ind wed diy

Kinda illustrates the need for proofreading, doesn’t it?

What are the PJs doing on her head?

Why would a glamorous woman, wearing glamorous clothes put a red pajama top on her head? Maybe the genius writer at Yahoo! Style knows:

hair wearing pjs style

It never ceases to amaze

The mistakes made by the writers and editors at Yahoo! never cease to amaze me. And maybe the entire English-speaking world. So, I shouldn’t be surprised that the Yahoo! Style writer thinks that the Duchess of Cambridge no longer amazes the world:

ceases to amaze style

Is that what the writer really thinks? Or did she mean “Kate Middleton never ceases to amaze the world”? Oh what a difference one little word makes!

More than enough

Reading this on Yahoo! Style should have been more than enough to give me pause: Did I really want to continue reading?

mens jewel 1

In spite of that, I continued, only to discover a missing word (there should be an a between wearing and cool). Then a problem with the next sentence: I think the writer fidgeted with it a tad too much:

mens jewel 2

It seems that every day I wish that I hadn’t read something on Yahoo!, like this word that means “commonplace or ordinary”:

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But I soldiered on. I wish the writer had, too, and that he tried to uncover an unnecessary word. Maybe he tried, but he doesn’t can’t find it:

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