Some bona fide errors

There are two bona fide errors in this opening paragraph from Yahoo! Shine: A silly comma separating a subject and verb and a smooshed-together bona fide:

I’m pretty sure there’s a mistake here, too, like maybe this should be 6-foot tiered cake or 6-foot tall cake:

No question about it, there are two goofs here: The screwed-up Giuliana Rancic and “Sk8er Boi,” which needs a couple of capital letters and some quotation marks:

There’s a missing word here, but fear not; the writer made up for it by inserting an unnecessary word:

This is an absurd typo, I think. And some sort of attempt at a sentence, though all I can figure out is that the comma is wrong. And, of course, one more misspelled name: That should be Star Jones.

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Flipping out over flip-flops

I flipped out when I read about my favorite designer shoes on Yahoo! Shine.  According to the writer, they look like a couple of nickels:

They look like chump change? Not like something you could buy with chump change (which is a small or trifling sum of money), but the actual change itself? Hmmmm. Interesting, but totally inappropriate, choice of words.

I should have stopped reading right there. But I was so intrigued by the writer’s inability to use English, and yet collect money (maybe chump change) for writing in English, that I continued on. Big mistake. The next paragraph included a missing hyphen, a misplaced hyphen (it should be Jackson Pollock-type), and a homophonic error. (A carat is used to measure gems, not gold. The gold standard is a karat.) And again with an incorrect word:  The conservation organization is the World Wildlife Fund:

Which of these mistakes is your favorite?

Do you prefer the capital B or the apostrophe in what should be a simple plural on Yahoo! TV‘s “Primetime in No Time”?

What’s up with that?

What’s up with the apostrophe on Yahoo! News‘ “The Ticket”?

UPDATE: My bad! It took a loyal reader of Terribly Write to point out that I overlooked the misspelled Massachusetts. That’s great! Two goofs in one state. Brilliant!

What is this one-year-old missing?

The folks typing up the headlines on the Yahoo! front page skipped a little character in what should be one-year-old:

Importance of punctuation illustrated

Remember the book “Eats Shoots and Leaves”? Or was it “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves”? The title illustrates the difference a single punctuation character can make and how its presence can completely change the meaning of a phrase.

I’m betting the writer for Yahoo! Movies never read that book, and probably never even heard of it:

Still making the same mistakes

I can’t believe that the professional writers for Yahoo! Shine continue to make the same mistakes. This time it’s the inability to capitalize a trademark like Pillow Pet, an extra word or two, and an under-hyphenated six-year-old:

Worst is the fact that Yahoo!’s writers are still making this mistake and that their editors aren’t catching it:

Is your bikini ready?

Bikini ready? No, my bikini isn’t ready, and my body isn’t bikini-ready. And this feature on the Yahoo! front page isn’t hyphen-ready:

Which of these Mistake’s is your favorite?

I’ve circled my favorite mistake from Yahoo! TV‘s “Primetime in No Time”:

I love it when a writer uses an apostrophe to create a plural! I also love the use of a capital letter in Tree’s, as if it were a proper noun.

Let’s call this a slip of the finger

I’m going to take the charitable view of this apostrophe catastrophe on Yahoo! Movies and call it a mere slip of the finger and not the result of a sixth-grade drop-out’s failure to understand the use of punctuation in the English language:

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