The real deal

Many people, including this Yahoo! Finance writer, believe that real estate agent is synonymous with Realtor. It is not. A Realtor (which is capitalized because it’s service mark) is a member the National Association of Realtors:

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Where do you get your information?

When you’re looking for reliable information about investing, finance, or business, what website do you turn to? Yahoo! Finance? If you’re like most people, you’re adversely influenced by the number of mistakes, no matter how minor, you find. Typos, misspellings, and grammar mistakes all erode the credibility of a website or an article.

So, how credible do you find this article, where the writer apparently knew she needed an apostrophe in the first sentence, but couldn’t figure out where? Or that she’s a little skimpy when it comes to her hyphen usage?

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(Omitting the hyphens in an age is one of the top 3 hyphen errors you’ll find on Yahoo!.)

I really think that if you’re going to write about finance and business for adults, you need to know the difference between a product (oh, like, say a Barbie doll) and a manufacturer (like Mantel). I’m pretty sure that even though Barbie is a pretty smart, yet plastic cookie, she did not release a doll:

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Perhaps to prove that she is completely uninterested in the correct use of punctuation, the writer throws in some random and thoroughly incorrect commas. But I’ll admit to one positive note: The writer has got me interested in seeing those ads where the Chinese actress stares, presumably at the camera:

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Where can you find C-suit executives?

Have you heard of C-suite executives? They’re the men and women at the C-level of a corporation: chief executive officer, chief financial officer, chief operations officer and others. What do they wear? C-suits? That’s a new term just coined by a Yahoo! Finance writer, though I suspect she inadvertently dropped a letter:


I do not think it means what you think it means

There must be something in the water at Yahoo! that affects the company’s writers and somehow stunts their vocabulary. The writers don’t seem to know the meaning of common words like nix or banter or wanderlust. Now it’s the folks at Yahoo! Finance who prove that being a professional writer doesn’t mean you have the vocabulary of a high school graduate:

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The accusation that the founder of Under Armour shilled shirts is really a horrible insult. It doesn’t mean selling, hawking, or peddling. It means swindling.

Making the worst CEOs even worse

Yahoo! Finance has announced its list of the worst CEOs of 2014. And among them was the head of Twitter:

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Is Mr. Costello pissed that he’s on the list? I don’t think so. However, the real CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo, might be.

Then there’s the former CEO of Ford (not included among this year’s worst), but he’s not doing much better than Mr. Costolo at the keyboard of this writer. His name is Alan Mulally:

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The former head of Tesco is also a victim of this writer’s sloppy research (or poor typing skills). His name is actually Philip Clarke:

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That many errors in something as simple as spelling a name correctly doesn’t reassure me about the accuracy of anything I read in this article. The worst CEOs just got the worst treatment from Yahoo!.

Stainless stealing

Did she steal the stainless or a straw? Or did the writer for Yahoo! Finance confuse an allow (steel) with the act of taking something without permission?

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