Are there really two women named Trina who share their weight-loss stories on Yahoo! Beauty?
Or did someone at Yahoo! forget to proofread?
If you read this on Yahoo! Sports, you probably had the same reaction I did: What the heck is “the American continent”?
Is it North America? South America? And why would an entire continent be concerned about looking like slobs? So what is the American continent? It’s a typo. (At least I hope it’s a typo.) The word the writer meant: contingent. (At least I hope it’s the word.)
So, the editor for Yahoo! Sports was going to check this headline — you know, for grammatical errors, spelling, that sort of thing — but took a detour at the latte station and totally forgot about this:
Ha! I made that up. I really don’t know why that headline contains that error. It seems pretty obvious that there’s a plural subject, but a singular verb.
If you saw this misspelling onYahoo! Beauty, would you assume it was written by a millennial?
A survey conducted in August 2015 found that “74% of Americans ages 18 to 34 are annoyed by grammar and spelling mistakes on social media,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
I gotta give credit to the Yahoo! Sports writer for using the verb toeing, and not towing, here:
He didn’t fall into the trap that other Yahoo! writers have. Unfortunately, toeing the line means “adhering to rules or conforming.” And that’s not what the author meant. He was referring to someone who straddled the line between baseball and design.
Proving once again that knowledge of fashion, clothing, or accessories is not a requirement for employment at Yahoo! Style, this writer muffs a photo caption:
Was that a muffler (which is a long scarf) keeping the princess’s hands warm, as the writer alleges? No, it was a fur muff:
When a site makes as many mistakes as Yahoo! Style does, it’s impossible to tell the difference between a hideous error and a deliberate attempt at humor or irony. Take this flag, for instance, which appeared on the site’s home page:
Maybe to someone living in China, it looks like an American flag. But to Americans, it looks like a horrible imitation with its 61 stars. All Americans know their flag has only 50 stars.
Did the person who chose that image know it was wrong? We’ll never know.