This is not good publicity

Someone allegedly said, “Any publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right.” If that’s true, there are a lot of celebrities who are missing out on some publicity from Yahoo!.

Yahoo! omg! writers almost get Elie Saab right:

At least that’s not as bad as the time Yahoo! referred to Ellie Saab.

Yahoo! Movies can’t get Catherine Hardwicke’s name right:

That’s not exactly an improvement over the time they called her Catherine Hardwick.

Even though the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” was in July, this misspelling of Guy Ritchie’s name recently showed up on the ever-timely Yahoo! Movies:

Yahoo! Movies also gets Nikolaj Arcel wrong:

and from the same article, the writer takes a stab at Hannibal Lecter and misses:

Even Prince Rainier gets screwed on Yahoo! Movies:

Helmut Lang does not design headgear, despite what you might think from this snippet from Yahoo! Shine:

In an article about Meghan McCain, the writer can’t even spell the subject’s name, so I’m really going to believe everything in the rest of the article — not.

This is supposed to be Laura Wattenberg on Yahoo! Shine:

And a messy Sally Jessy shows up on Yahoo! Shine:

The Yahoo! News “journalists” wrote an article about Nindi Wadhwa, without actually getting the name right:

“Any publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right.”


Not even trying

Nothing says “I’m not even trying to get it right” than misspelling names. Instead of Googling Ricki Lake and Sally Jessy Raphael to ascertain the correct spelling of their names, the writer for Yahoo! TV‘s “Primetime in No Time” just wings it:

But he’s not the only Yahoo! staffer to demonstrate indifference to accuracy. Another Yahoo! writer doesn’t bother with checking the spelling of the Disney character Tinker Bell before committing it to Yahoo! Shine:

Really, people, it takes less than a minute to find the correct spelling on the Web. Try it. Your readers will thank you for it.

Have a reunion with a dictionary

The writer of this blog post on Yahoo! Shine is looking forward to her high school reunion. So I guess that means she is a high school graduate. It’s hard to believe in light of the number of elementary school mistakes she makes in just a few paragraphs. Take the misspelled emerge and the mysterious Suburu, which I presume is a car, possibly a Subaru:


Most people know that you should look up the correct spelling of a name, like, oh, say, maybe Sally Jessy Raphael:


Uno momentito! What the heck is this word:


A consult with any dictionary will tell you that momento isn’t a word. Is it meant to be memento?  And what the heck is going on here:


OK. I want to be as honest as possible: This stinks:


Either the writer doesn’t understand that there’s an incomplete comparison here or an unnecessary as. I think someone should do a little brushing up on basic high school English.

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