It’s not a corporation

The Peace Corps is not a corporation, in spite of what you might read on Yahoo! Finance:

peace corp fin

I don’t know if Corp is meant to be an abbreviation for Corporation or if the writer just doesn’t know how to spell Corps. Doesn’t matter. It’s just wrong.

Are we agree’d?

You don’t write free’d or flee’d or agree’d, do you? So, why on God’s green Earth did the Yahoo! Makers writer think she needed an apostrophe in the past tense of pee?

mom peed diy

And while I’m questioning her knowledge of English, I’ll pose one more query: Why didn’t she capitalize mom?

Was the other coke involved?

Was the editor involved with a little coke before writing this headline for

fp coca-coca

Let’s see how long it takes the geniuses at Yahoo! to change that typo to Coca-Cola and to change infamous to famous. (Infamous is not a synonym for famous; it means notorious or well-known for a very, very bad reason.) Maybe they’ll also move that question mark so that it’s outside the quotation marks.

Whoa is me!

Whoa, mamma! It’s one of the most frequently misspelled words on Yahoo!. This time it appears on Yahoo! Style:

woah sty

If you’re like the writers and editors at Yahoo!, who refuse to use a spell-checker or dictionary (shame on you!), maybe you can remember that the word isn’t woah because that would rhyme with Noah.

Chris Brown and Tyga share kids

Somehow Chris Brown (who I understand is sometimes referred to as “Breezy”) and Tyga (who is sometimes referred to as a “rapper”) have children together. Who knew? The writer for Yahoo! Celebrity knew:

breezy and tygas

Of course, it’s possible the writer is grammatically challenged and meant to refer to Breezy’s and Tyga’s kids. That would be Breezy’s kid and Tyga’s kid.

If two people together own something, you just need to give an apostrophe and S to the second of the two: Mom and dad’s home; Bill and Hillary’s daughter. But if they each own something separately, each gets the apostrophe and S treatment: Mom’s and dad’s jobs; Bill’s and Hillary’s careers.

What were you looking at?

What was the Yahoo! Style writer looking at when writing this photo caption?

horizontal 1

It wasn’t the Narcisco Rodriguez jumpsuit, because the designer is actually Narciso Rodriguez. Need further proof? The writer alleges that the jumpsuit has a horizontal cut-out. I guess if Ms. Weisz were lying on her side, that would be correct:

horizontal 2

History of misspelling

The Yahoo! front page has a long history of misspellings, and this sad attempt at belligerence is just one more example:

fp belligerance

Pharrell would not be happy about this

Pharrell Williams would not be happy to see that the brain trust that writes for can’t get his name right:

fp pharell

Keep that word intact

Ya’ just gotta wonder what the Yahoo! Makers writer thinks in tact means:

in tact diy hp
The writer should have kept that word intact.

What do a bevy of stars drink?

What do a bevy of international stars drink? A bevvy! That’s slang for a drink — especially an alcoholic one. It’s not the same as a bevy because, well, they are different words and they are spelled differently. Except on Yahoo! Style:

bevvy sty 3


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