Zany spellings!

Here’s some advice that’s obvious to everyone who writes — except everyone who writes for Yahoo! Style: Misspelling the name of your subject — like, oh, say maybe Zayn Malik — makes you look really, really bad, especially if you do it in a headline:

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It’s a mistake of an amateur writer, a careless writer, or a writer who’s so arrogant he doesn’t feel he needs to Google the name. (Do I need to mention the word choice? Mr. Malik didn’t shave his locks, he shaved his head.)

So, someone at Yahoo! Style must have finally realized that Mr. Malik shaved off his locks. That got corrected, but the geniuses continued to overlook the zany misspelling:

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And that’s not just a careless typo. The writer really believes that’s how to spell his name, because he uses that spelling in the article, along with some extra words and a freshly misspelled freshly:

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Will these mistakes be corrected? We’re hoping.

Where verb?

Where’s the verb in this question in a Yahoo! Sports headline?


Waiving simultaneous translation

If I had any interest in this subject, I might ask for simultaneous translation of this gem from Yahoo! Style:


Dumbest Statement of the Day

Today’s Dumbest Statement of the Day comes to you from the Yahoo! Style editors who claim that 1.5 Armenians were killed during the Armenian Holocaust:


I’m still trying to figure out how half a person can be killed.

Pretending to proofread

Imagine asking the writers for Yahoo! Celebrity if they looked at this sentence and they admitted they pretended to proofread it:

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At least they would be honest.

Does this grate on your nerves?

It really grates on my nerves when a professional writer — this time at — gets a common idiom wrong:

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Mad Libs of the Internet

Here’s a little Mad Libs entertainment for you from those pranksters at

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Just like the parlor game you used to play as a child, this game requires you to fill in a missing word between “a 1,700″ and “trek.” I’m going to guess “centimeter.”

What no one tells you

Here’s something no one tells the writers and editors at You’re missing a word.

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I need a verb

Gosh, it’s amazing that someone can write some many words that look almost like a sentence, and yet isn’t, because someone at forgot to include the verb:

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Thank heaven Paris Fashion Week is over!

With Paris Fashion Week over, we might actually see the end of Yahoo! Style’s writers pathetic attempt at French:


Th0se writers are trying to be soooo sophisticated with their mangled French and the result is that they look like tweens who don’t own a English-French dictionary. The word is très and it means very. We may not be treated to their French follies, but there will always be a missing word or two in their articles. (I think the writer meant collection is representative, but il se peut que je me trompe.


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