Bad place for a typo

I’m going to take the charitable view and call this a typo and not a misspelling of Cara Delevingne’s name on the home page of Yahoo! Style:

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and this is a mere slip of the figure in what should be Orlando Bloom:

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But the reason for the mistakes is of no relevance to the reader.

Eva Longoria is on the left

It’s such an easy mistake to make, isn’t it? Surely we can forgive the Yahoo! Style news editor for not verifying the spelling of Pamella Roland’s name. She probably thought, “There’s two L’s in there somewhere. So I’ll just put two in her first and last name.”

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And we can forgive her for not being able to tell the difference between actress Eva Longoria and Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. The resemblance is uncanny.

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In case you’re still trying to figure it out, Eva Longoria is on the left.

Cinematographer is coach at Texas A & M

Aaron Moorhead is a cinematographer, director, and actor as well as an assistant coach for Texas A & M football. Surprising, no? It’s probably even more surprising for Aaron Moorehead, who is coincidentally, also an
Aggies assistant football coach. Imagine the reaction from both Aarons when they read this on yahoo.com:

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How to make Freida Pinto look bad

Not content to merely misspell Freida Pinto’s name, the news editor for Yahoo! Style has made her look illiterate, too:

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Ms. Pinto knows more about the English language than this editor. She actually offered a “sneaky peek” on Instagram, which the Style editor changed it to the homophone peak.

But wait! There’s more!

When she’s not confusing her right hand with her left (see today’s first post), the “news editor” for Yahoo! Style is confusing her readers. She’s also kinda insulting them with her disregard for niceties like punctuation, accurate spelling, and correct grammar.

Omitting a comma isn’t the worst offense in this paragraph, the ungrammatical were (which should be was) is. Or maybe it’s the inability to spell Ms. Wohlfahrt’s name correctly more than once:

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Each of those mistakes was made by a professional writer, who again thinks that each is a plural and that Ms. Wohlfahrt is someone named Wolfhart:

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But wait! There’s more! Once more the editor displays a woeful ignorance of grammar and the name of the subject she’s writing about:

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Where else can one person make so many mistakes in front of so many people and get paid for it?

War on Buffett

Yahoo! is streaming the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, so you’d think it could get the name of its CEO right. But nooooo. The folks at yahoo.com just can’t tell the difference between a serve-yourself meal and Warren Buffett:

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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.)

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