Poverty of proofreading

There seems to be a real poverty of proofreading ability among the staffers at the Yahoo! front page:

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Anouncer stuns readers

This spelling of announcer on the Yahoo! front page is quite stunning:

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It reminds me of this spelling of Warren Buffett’s name:

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Why do Yahoo! editors have so many problems with spelling words and names that contain double letters? Why can they spell a word or name correctly once, but not twice?

Is that a stereotype?

Is it stereotyping to say that the writers at Yahoo! Style are the worst in the business — at least at proofreading?

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Give it the boot!

The editors for Yahoo! Style should give this misspelling the boot and replace it with the real plural of booty — which is booties:


Dumbest Statement of the Day

In an article about gifts for Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, the Yahoo! Style writer screws up a basic fact as well as a basic spelling:

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The new princess is not the grandchild of Queen Elizabeth; she is the great-grandchild.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we see the results of indecision: Is hairstyle one word or two?

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The American Heritage Dictionary says it’s one word and that hairstylist is one word, too.

Did it come as a surprise?

It seems that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight caught the staff at yahoo.com completely by surprise. The writers and editors simply didn’t have enough time to master the spelling of Manny’s surname, screwing it up here:

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Just to prove to their readers that wasn’t a typo, they misspelled the name again here:

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They obviously have more important issues to cover, like the return of the fanny pack and the history of sunscreen.

Not a college graduate

I’m guessin’ the writer or editor for the Yahoo! front page who’s responsible for this never wore a mortarboard:

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Is that supposed to be wares? I hope not because I’d hate to think there’s a professional writer or editor out there who thinks that’s correct. Maybe it’s supposed to be ways and somebody is a really, really bad typist and an incompetent proofreader. That would be much better.

That would be a special occasion

You know what would be a special occasion? Any time an editor for the Yahoo! front page referred to a dictionary or ran a spell-check:

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Scarlett Johansson’s confused

Scarlett Johansson is so confusing. Not the actress herself, but the actress’s name. The headline writer for Yahoo! Style thins this is her name:

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But in the article itself, the writer seems even more confused, giving the actress an entirely different misspelling:

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I’m confused, too: Why don’t the writers and editors at Yahoo simply Google the name? Why are their standards so low that they’re OK with misspelling names that are so recognizable? Why are they still employed?


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