Whose writing is this?

Words get out of order on Yahoo! Makers on a now seemingly daily basis. Wrong words are used daily, too, especially when the writer can’t choose between two words, only one of which is correct. And with more than a dozen punctuation marks, how can one pick among them? And whose writing is actually worth attempting to replicate?

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Did you spot all those errors? The incorrect word order? The use of between (which should be used with only two objects) instead of among (for more than two)? The lack of a question mark at the end of the question? And the use of who’s (which is a contraction of who is or who has) instead of whose (the possessive pronoun)?

Is a word missing?

Is this article on Yahoo! Makers missing a word? Was the writer talking about fancy stationary bikes?

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Nah. She just doesn’t know the difference between stationary (which means “not moving”) and the paper you write on (which is stationery).

I sometimes forget which homophone to use. And then I remember: A lettER is written on stationERy.

Kerri Strug’s better story

I’m not sure, but I think the writer for Yahoo! Style is referring to Kerri Strug, the gymnast:

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I could be wrong because Ms. Strug did not participate in the ’96 Olympics with a broken ankle. She had a sprain and tendon damage. But the writer’s “embellishment” makes a good story.

One more amazing thing

There are so many amazing things going on in this article from Yahoo! Style, but the most entertaining is the inclusion of a note (presumably made by the writer to herself) to “EMBED TWEET” followed by some nonsense that may or may not be the text of the tweets she meant to embed:

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What are the odds that anyone at Yahoo! read this article before or after it was published? None. Oh, that’s another amazing thing.

Kick off that hyphen!

Here we go: An unnecessary (and wrong) hyphen on the home page of Yahoo! Style:

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If you’re going to kick off an article with a headline, make sure you know the difference between a phrasal verb (such as kick off) and a noun (like kickoff or the alternative, kick-off).

Please tell me that’s a typo

This must be a typo, right? No one thinks that the correct indefinite article before generous is an, right?

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A little mistake like that would go unnoticed except when it’s the first word of a teaser on the Yahoo! front page. Then, it’s just embarrassing.

How fast does the world travel?

The surface of the Earth at the equator moves at about 1,000 miles per hour. That’s fast. Is that the speed the writer at Yahoo! Style meant?

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Transforming Ben & Jerry’s flavor

A new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor has been transformed from a hope to save our “swirled” to a success story at the keyboard of a yahoo.com writer:

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That’s quite a change. When I sit here wondering how Yahoo!’s writers and editors can make so many mistakes every day, I’m reminded that they can’t even copy a word when it’s right in front of them. Why should I expect anything better from them?

If only it were that easy

Don’t believe everything you read on yahoo.com:

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If talking about an experience could relieve a victim’s terror, then those who testified at James Holmes’ trial wouldn’t be reliving it. But that’s what they’re doing, according to the actual article. What a difference a little “typo” can make.

For lack of an apostrophe

Lots of actors have played a role as challenging as Hamlet or Macbeth. But no one has played a role as challenging as Joan Smalls. Frankly, I never even knew there was a character named Joan Smalls. The only Joan Smalls I’ve ever heard of is a model. But who am I to question the genius writers at Yahoo! Style?

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Of course, if the writer meant that Joan Smalls faced a challenging role, then that would require an apostrophe: a role as challenging as Joan Smalls.

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