Sometimes it’s not the Yahoo! Finance writers that are under fire — but sometimes it is. Take this example of nonsense, which seems to indicate that the writer thinks “under fire” is somehow different from being a target:
I’d be pissed, too if a video of my husband (drunk or not) removing my garter belt went viral. So after reading this on Yahoo! Style, who could blame the bride for suing the videographer?
Most brides wear a garter on their wedding day. It’s worn on the thigh and looks kind of like this:
A garter belt is an actual belt, worn around (or just below) the waist, like this:
I don’t know why the groom was going after that particular garment, exposing more of his bride than modesty permits. Oh, wait! I do know why! He wasn’t trying to remove a garter belt, just a garter. Once again I’ve been duped by a dope who knows nothing of women’s undergarments.
Almost every reader of Yahoo! Sports would question this wording, wouldn’t they?
It struck me as just plain wrong to use most instead of almost. But apparently some authorities consider it acceptable in informal speech, but advise against using it in formal writing. And almost all of them also add: It’s best to use almost, rather than most, in similar situations, like almost everyone, almost everybody, almost everything.
Stop. comparing. me. to. an. editor.
That could have been written by the editor at yahoo.com who isn’t clear when to capitalize mother:
Here’s a hint: Don’t capitalize mother, father, sister, and the like if the word is preceded by an adjective. So, it’s my mother, a great father, my mean-girl sister.