Striking the wrong chord

Nothing in this photo caption on Yahoo! Style hits the right note or strikes a chord with me:

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I’m embarrassed for the writer. She managed to screw up a common expression in two ways: The expression is “hit the right note” or “strike a chord” (but she can’t even use the correct homophone in the latter). It’s followed in the same sentence with a mismatched subject and verb. And to prove that she’s not just grammatically and verbally impaired, she shows that she knows little about the subject of this mess by misspelling Céline. I’ve read high school newspapers that are better written and edited than this.

How soon we forget

It hasn’t been a week since the passing of Prince, yet the editors at yahoo.com seem to have forgotten his name:

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Paying respects

This is no way to pay respects to Ed Snider on the Yahoo! Sports home page:

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Time to turn in your keyboard

Someone at Yahoo! Style should turn in her keyboard and look for another line of work, preferably one not involving writing:

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If you’re wondering whom this article is about, you’re not alone. It’s about Leslie Williams or Leslie Williamson. Or maybe someone else entirely. Getting the name of your subject right seems to me to be a basic principle of writing. Also, familiarity with basic grammar (like the ability to match a verb to its subject) would also seem to be a requirement of a journalist. Except at Yahoo!. (For those of you who are curious, the photographer is Leslie Williamson. At least the writer got it right once.)

Demi Lovato and the wilder Valderrama

Could this be any wilder? There’s Demi Lovato with a guy who looks like Wilmer Valderrama on Yahoo! Style:

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The faces may be matched, but the names aren’t.

LeBron James ponds again

Maybe the pressure is getting to the editors at Yahoo! Sports. The home page of the site is usually free of egregious errors. But there’s some serious typos that any spell-checker would have caught:

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Yet another Grammar mistake

The writers at Yahoo! Style are no strangers to grammar errors. And here’s one more — but of a different kind:

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The former “Frasier” star and his ex-wife are Camille and Kelsey Grammer.

Worst place for a misspelling

It’s just not good journalism to misspell a subject’s name in a headline. But that’s what happened on Yahoo! Food:

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The TV personality is Tiffani Thiessen. At least the folks at Yahoo! spelled her first name correctly. There’s that.

The kids are at the keyboard again

Wouldn’t it be great if Yahoo! Style hired writers who were old enough to vote? Maybe then they’d know a little more about the world and the people in it. Perhaps if this writer’s memory went back further than Blue Ivy’s birth, she’d be familiar with the “aquatic star” Esther Williams:

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You be frank, I’ll be earnest

Frankly, I think this spelling of Ernest Hemingway on Yahoo! Travel is the product of a writer who is either careless or really careless:

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