Talk about abrupt!

If there’s anything in this world that is abrupt, it’s this sentence on yahoo.com:

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I think it’s like the word game Mad Libs, except readers are supposed to supply the missing word or words. So, gimme a noun and we’ll plug it into “the abrupt noun of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.”

U.S. 8-year medal drought finally over

Forget what you think you know about Michael Phelps, the Final Five U.S. gymnasts, and Simone Manuel. It’s all a hoax. The United States of America hasn’t won a medal in the Olympics since 2008. At least until this boxer came along:

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The long drought of losses and disappointment at the Olympics is finally over. At least according to Yahoo!.

Ha-ha. I kid. The truth is, Mr. Hernandez won the first medal in boxing for the U.S. since 2008. It’s just a teensy, weensy, itsy, bitsy detail that some editor forgot to mention.

Michael Phelps is not that big

At 6′ 4″ Michael Phelps is a big guy, but not big enough to carry the entire United States, despite what you may read on yahoo.com:

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Truth is, he’ll be carrying the U.S. flag in the opening ceremony at the Olympics in Rio, not the U.S. and not into Rio.

A never-ending ability to make mistakes

The editors at yahoo.com display a never-ending ability to make mistakes:

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Guess the missing word!

There’s a word missing from this headline on Yahoo! Style. Do you know what it is?

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This looks a lot like a sentence

This looks a lot like a sentence on the Yahoo! front page. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense, what with the missing word or words:

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They looking not so good

Editors at yahoo.com must be under a lot of stress and it shows. I wonder if they are looking for the missing word here:

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Make sure all the are there

When you write a headline and display it in big letters on your home page — like the editors at Yahoo! Style did — make sure you include all necessary words:

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This is what I call DIY writing. The reader is required to supply the missing word or words. Did Madonna call her revealing Met Gala swimsuit a “political statement”? Or was it a revealing Met Gala confession?

Whoever did it should be embarrassed

There’s a dearth of competent editors over at Yahoo! Sports. Heck, there may be no editors at the website because any editor would know that the nominative case he is wrong following a preposition like between:

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Any editor would know that there’s a word missing in what should be a couple of years:

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And why can’t the writer and/or editor choose correct pronouns? The pronoun whomever is the objective case of whoever, which is the word the writer should have used since it’s the subject of the sentence.

Whoever wrote or edited this article should be embarrassed.

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?

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