This is meant to be a criticism

My only criticism of this on yahoo.com? It’s a misspelling that would have been easily detected by a spell-checker or a person who knows how to spell:

fp criticsm

It’s chock-full of errors

How can one little paragraph be so chock-full of errors? Simple. It’s from Yahoo! Makers, where quality writing is not a priority.

london bridge

The preferred spelling at the American Heritage Dictionary is chock-full, although chockfull is also acceptable. The preferred reference by anyone familiar with English is Big Ben, not the Big Ben. If the writer is referring to London Bridge (with a capital B) it doesn’t get the before it either. But if she’s referring to generic bridges, it doesn’t get a capital B. Who knows what she means?

Who concepted that?

Anyone can make a typo, pounding out Musit instead of Music. But it takes a special talent to come up with a group of letters that looks like a real word, but is in reality absolute nonsense. Someone with that talent works for Yahoo! Style:

concepted sty

You just can’t have a past tense of concept, since it’s not a verb. The word the writer should have picked? Conceptualized. Conceived. Created.

I prefer lattés

Why go to all the trouble of creating a graphic and then not proofread it? Or, proofread it and overlook the misspelling? Or proofread it and not know this is a misspelling?

lates diy

Why? Could be any or all of those reasons. I just don’t know the reason for mistakes at Yahoo! Makers.

Reader beware

Where the heck did the writer for Yahoo! Style get the idea that ware works here?

neck-ware diy

It looks like she doesn’t know there’s a perfectly acceptable word that fits: neckwear. It ends in wear, just like many other words referring to articles of clothing: footwear, menswear, swimwear, sportswear. The words that end in ware are a tad different: hardware, software, silverware.

Did you do any research?

How much research do you think this Yahoo! Style writer did before publishing this?

his own sty

I’d say none. If she had considered that the subject’s name was Bianca, she might have verified that the Milan fashion design graduate was a female, deserving of the pronoun her, not his. She might even have gotten her surname correct as well; it’s Luini. I have no idea why she thought it was anything else.

Now appearing Knighteley

You’ll find Keira Knighteley on Yahoo! Style, although you might prefer Ms. Knightley:

knighteley sty

Someone needs to chastise that writer

Someone needs to chastise the writer of this headline on Yahoo! Movies for the serious misspelling:

chastizes movies

Not to be confused with Uptown Abbey

Everyone I know is a fan of the PBS series “Downton Abbey.”  I thought it was a universally loved show, until I read this on Yahoo! Style:

downtown abbey sty

One thing’s for sure, this is a writer who’s unfamiliar the series and with contractions and their need for an apostrophe.

‘Suburban Funk’ parody parodied?

“Suburban Funk” is a parody of “Uptown Funk.” Now, yahoo.com takes the parody a step further with this “Surburban Funk”:

fp surburban

It’s either a parody or a typo. You be the judge.

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