Because killing himself before is nearly impossible

In an era of alternative facts, the editors at yahoo.com want to be sure that there’s no mistaking the sequence of events in Daryl Easton’s demise. First, he killed himself, then he was found dead:

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They was there?

Anyone have any idea how this grammatical gaffe slipped by the eagle-eyed editors at Yahoo! Style?

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Does this strike a chord?

This strikes a chord with me, and not in a good way. It’s an example from Yahoo! Style of a writer confusing a group of three notes (which is a chord) and  a string or rope (called a cord):

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Nailed it!

Nailed it? No, the editors at Yahoo! Style didn’t exactly nail the spelling of elegance:

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Now appearing Knightley

How bad is it when a professional writer screws up a celebrity’s first and last name? Pretty bad, but not surprising since the misspelling of Keira Knightley appears on Yahoo! Style:

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It’s not the only misspelling in the article, but what really made this one a standout was the fact that it could have been avoided with about 2 nanoseconds of effort. Oh, with another 2 nanoseconds of Googling, the writer might have learned that as a noun, standout is one word.

An Olympic size error

On one of the most visited sites in the world, an Olympic error:

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Her subject and verb aren’t perfect

Whenever I see a grammatical goof this blatant, I wonder what the heck the writer was thinking:

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Then I remember I’m reading Yahoo! Style and there probably was no thinking involved.

Readers protest tyop

Readers protest this attempt at ageism on Yahoo! Style:

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It took me less than 2 seconds…

It took me less than 2 seconds to spot this error on Yahoo! Style:

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Lots of people know that when you’re talking about countable things, you use fewer and not less: We’d like to see fewer grammatical errors and less pretentious writing. But fewer people know there are exceptions to that rule. If you’re writing about time, money, distance, or weight, the correct word is less, not fewer: less than $100, less than 3 miles, less than 20 pounds, and less than 15 minutes.

Maybe a pick-me-up would give it some oomph

This little excerpt from Yahoo! Style could use a little oomph. A pick-me-up and some hyphens are in order:

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The writer could probably use a little pick-me-up too, or at least a little pick-me-up-and-take-me-to-a-dictionary. There she might learn that umph, when it does appear in a dictionary, is an expression of disgust or skepticism.

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