How to tell if you need a vacation

I think the writer for Yahoo! Makers needs a little vacation. Maybe just a little getaway to help her relax. Perhaps she’d spend a little time with a dictionary and learn to spell some common words and rid herself of her obsession with hyphens:

get-a-way diy

Matched = Totally different

If by “matched” the Yahoo! Style writer meant “looked nothing alike,” then I’d say this was correct:

matched sty

What’s your initial reaction?

When you read this from Yahoo! Style, what’s your initial reaction? Are you like me and wonder, what the heck is a monogram ensemble?

monogram sty

It’s not a group of letters. It’s an outfit in a single color. Literate people might call it a monochrome ensemble.

Whose mistake is that?

There are writers at Yahoo! Celebrity whose mistakes are obvious to even the most casual reader. The writer who’s made this goof is one of them:

whos apos cel

The possessive form of who is whose; who’s is a contraction of who is or who has.

Worst place for a misspelling

It’s just not good journalism to misspell a subject’s name in a headline. But that’s what happened on Yahoo! Food:

theissen food hp

The TV personality is Tiffani Thiessen. At least the folks at Yahoo! spelled her first name correctly. There’s that.

Keep those chickens out!

If you’re concerned about chickens invading your favorite cafe, fear not! Yahoo! Food introduces you to cafe-free eggs, obviously laid by cafe-free hens:

cafe-free foo

Geographically challenged

You don’t need to be a genius to write for Yahoo! Finance, but having some basic knowledge might be helpful. It might behoove you to know where your company’s headquarters are located (hint: it’s the heart of Silicon Valley). And if you’re writing about a venue, it might be useful to know where it is, so you don’t make this mistake:

silicon valley fin

Here’s a look at just a small part of Silicon Valley:


Oh, look! There’s Levi’s Stadium, surrounded by high tech companies and just a few miles from Yahoo! headquarters. Why, it almost looks like it’s in Silicon Valley.

The kids are at the keyboard again

Wouldn’t it be great if Yahoo! Style hired writers who were old enough to vote? Maybe then they’d know a little more about the world and the people in it. Perhaps if this writer’s memory went back further than Blue Ivy’s birth, she’d be familiar with the “aquatic star” Esther Williams:

ethel wims sty

You be frank, I’ll be earnest

Frankly, I think this spelling of Ernest Hemingway on Yahoo! Travel is the product of a writer who is either careless or really careless:

earnest tra

That’s altogether different

Let’s say this all together: That’s altogether wrong, Yahoo! Sports!

all together spor

If you mean “utterly, completely, entirely,” use altogether. If you’re referring to a group doing something as a unit, use all together.


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