How’s that proofreading going? How’s that proofreading going?

It’s not uncommon to see mistakes on Yahoo! DIY. It’s not uncommon to see mistakes on Yahoo! DIY. Like repeated sentences. Like repeated sentences. And sentences that never get an end because the writer nodded off. And sentences that never get an end because the writer nodded off.

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Kinda illustrates the need for proofreading, doesn’t it?

Style really does bite!

At Yahoo! Style, writing mistakes aren’t restricted to the words on a Web page — they extend to videos, too. Who could miss this misspelling of Café d’Étoile? Oh, yeah, that would be everyone at Style:

cafe detolie style

That video is part of a series called “Style Bites,” and it couldn’t be more aptly named, unless it were called “Writing on Style Bites.” Because the writing really is awful — far below any standard you should expect from a professionally written site. Where else can you see a misspelling of both Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli?

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UPDATE: Well, lookie here. The brain trust at Style made some changes to that paragraph, correcting the spelling of Ms. Streisand’s name, overlooking the misspelling of Ms. Minnelli’s name, and misspelling Tinker Bell’s moniker:

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And they’ve add some information about Mr. Mackie: He doesn’t consider himself a fashion designer in this episode. But I really wasn’t expecting him to design fashions in an online video. So that’s not news, is it?

The really bestest change was to the name of the video series: Fashion Bites. So, now it’s the subject of the website that bites. But really, Style bites, too.

What color is a little black dress?

The editors for Yahoo! Style, who collectively wrote an article about Jennifer Aniston, forgot what the abbreviation LBD means and how to form the plural of LBD:

black lbd style

LBD is short for “little black dress.” Hence, the adjective before LBD is a little redundant. And the plural of the abbreviation doesn’t include an apostrophe.

Time to go, to go

It’s time to go, to go. You’re just two words too many on the Yahoo! front page:

fjp to go to go to

Instead of instead use something else instead

Maybe instead of reading the Yahoo! front page, where words are needlessly repeated, I’ll read something else instead:

fp instead instead

Do I repeat repeat myself?

Would you have spotted the repeated word word here on the Yahoo! front page:

fp at at

or here here?

fp in the in the

Any takers? Any takers?

I’m willin’ to bet a dozen Boston Creme donuts that no one on the Yahoo! Celebrity editorial team proofread this little paragraph:

insider rep omg

Any takers?

Because a joint interview separately is just silly

I am indebted to Yahoo! Celebrity for explaining that two people had a joint interview together. I guess doing a joint interview separately would present a logistical challenge:

joint together omg

Do I repeat myself? Do I repeat myself?

What are the chances that this paragraph was proofread by someone at Yahoo! TV? What are the chances that this paragraph was proofread by someone at Yahoo! TV? What are the chances that this paragraph was proofread by someone at Yahoo! TV?

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A shoo-in for Worst Travel Writing of the Day

What makes this article on Yahoo! Travel a candidate for Worst Travel Writing of the Day? It could be this paragraph, which starts out with a non-sentence and then gets a tad repetitive:

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OK, so that was ugly. Maybe it was just a fluke. What could possibly be wrong with this?

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Well, in the first place, the Capital Wheel is not in Washington.  It’s in Maryland. That’s kinda a giant embarrassment. A lesser mistake is referring to the U.S. Capital (the capital of the U.S. is Washington, DC) when the writer meant the building, which is the Capitol.

Finally, the error that made this article a shoo-in for the Worst Travel Writing of the Day trophy:

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