How how do you make a mistake like that?

How how do you make a mistake like this and how how do you miss it when you proofread?

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Oh, yeah, I forgot. The people who write for the Yahoo! front page don’t believe in proofreading before publishing. That’s how how.

Inducted into Wrong Word Hall of Fame

The Yahoo! Style writer should be indoctrinated inducted into the Wrong Word Hall of Fame for this goof:

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She’s not a Timex

Timex watches are known for the slogan “they take a licking and keep on ticking.” Despite what you might read on, Carly Fiorina is not a Timex:

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Holly Bailey did not say that about the GOP candidate. This is the actual headline:


Somebody needs to teach those writers how to read.

Uncovering the quote

Holy moley. In what universe is the pronoun its correct in this sentence from Yahoo! Style?

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What does it refer to? newbie? tools? I think the writer meant tools and just didn’t recognize it as a plural noun requiring the plural pronoun their. It’s a careless oversight, just like using the wrong closing quotation mark.

I’m calling T-shirts baring a quote total BS. T-shirts don’t bare quotes, though they’ve been known to bear them.

Eek! A mouse!

Eek! A mouse! That’s what cartoon characters say as they jump onto the nearest chair. Is that what the writer for Yahoo! Style meant?

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With writing skills like that, it’s a wonder this gal can eke out a living.

Dumbest Statement of the Day

I hesitate to call this the Dumbest Statement of the Day because the day is still young (at least where I am) and there’s still plenty of time for Yahoo! staffers to make boneheaded mistakes. With that caveat in mind, I present this headline from the home page of Yahoo! Style:

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The “ballerinas” in question are male dancers. No real ballerinas (who are exclusively female dancers) appear in the commercial. It is just a figment of the writer’s brain and tenuous grasp of the English language.

Writer-as-ditz trend

This may just be part of a trend on Yahoo! Style where the writer acts the part of a total ditz. It starts with a description here:

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of Anne Hathaway with a bag on her head:

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So, what does the writer called this bag-as-hat “trend”?

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Not a Harvard grad?

I’m guessin’ the writer for Yahoo! Makers is not a Harvard graduate. And probably has never been to Harvard. Has never seen Harvard or pictures of Harvard. And maybe has never attended a college or university. Why would I say that? Because of this caption:

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That’s the caption for this photo:

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The writer might have gotten an inkling that perhaps that’s not Harvard because Harvard students don’t generally arrive to class in a big yellow school bus. Also, the name of the school appears above the doorway. That’s Public Latin School, more familiarly known as Boston Latin, a 7th through 12th grade public school in Boston and the first public school and oldest existing school in the U.S.

Refrigerator magnets of the Internet

Those wacky writers over at Yahoo! Makers are at it again! Throwing a bunch of words out to see what sticks. This time it has something to do with “tiny houses.” I think.

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What are the chances that the writer (who has the title of “editor”) proofread that sentence before publishing it? When “editors” can publish complete nonsense, is it any wonder the site is so poorly written?

Whoa: Somebody can’t spell

Whoa! There’s a serious (but very common) misspelling on the home page of Yahoo! Food:

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