Would that be Scrabble?

Now you can own a Kobe Bryant Scrabble jersey. Either a game-word jersey or a game-worn jersey. I can’t figure out which the writer for Yahoo! Sports’ “Prep Rally” means:

game-word sports pr

Couldn’t the writer take the time to proofread this headline? I guess that’s asking too much of someone who thinks mom should be capitalized (not when it’s preceded by his) and that spring is a proper noun (it isn’t).


Capitalizing on seasons and directions

It’s not spring. At least not on the Yahoo! front page where both a season and a compass direction get the incorrect capitalization treatment:

fp spring east

I hate the change of seasons

With every change of season comes another type of change, as illustrated by Yahoo! Shine here:

and here:

Those folks are always changing seasons from common nouns to proper nouns with a single undeserved capital letter.

Maybe outsourcing wasn’t such a good idea

Has Yahoo! jumped on the outsourcing bandwagon? That’s one possible explanation for the number of daily gaffes on the Yahoo! front page: The company is outsourcing the writing on yahoo.com to Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan, a non-English-speaking country.

It’s a country unfamiliar with American pop culture. A country where they put single quotation marks around Duggar because they think it’s the name of a TV show. It isn’t; it isn’t even part of the name of a TV show.

Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stanians must think that seasons are proper nouns. They aren’t in the U.S. Even though the writers will try to convince you otherwise, but don’t fall for it:

They obviously don’t know how to pronounce English words, because they don’t know which indefinite article to use:

Maybe Yahoo! could do a little soul-searching and reconsider its decision:

That way, when its front page goes on display, it’ll include the correct words in common English idioms:

and titles (like president) won’t have a capital letter:

and regions of the United States (like South and Southern states) will:

I’m not implying that the folks in Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan aren’t good writers and editors. They’re just not good writers and editors in English.

That explains everything

So, a mother is going to give her daughter her uterus and somehow that’s supposed to change the fact she was born without the reproductive organ? Huh?

Oh, now I get it. This excerpt is from Yahoo! Shine, a site not known for the accuracy of its information or the writing abilities of its staffers. That explains the lack of reasoning behind the first sentence, the capitalization of the common noun spring, and the missing apostrophe after Sweden.

Too stupid to explain

Some mistakes defy explanation. That’s the case with the goofs the senior features editor for Yahoo! Shine makes here:

Assuming that fall is a proper noun is a common mistake (at least among Yahoo! staffers). But the other errors? I have no idea how anyone with an IQ above room temperature would make those. What is a possible explanation for putting an apostrophe in Lorne Michaels. It’s really moronic. A comma after sitcom? Stupid. And the final error in this paragraph? Idiotic.

That’s it. The only explanation I can come up with: The writing is stupid, moronic, idiotic.

This is not a newspaper: Lower your expectations

Don’t expect to find the same standards of journalism you’d find at The New York Times on Yahoo! News‘ “The Upshot.”  Every day the online blog of Yahoo! News’ professional writers offer some of the best typos, misspellings, and factual errors available online.

In a single sentence a writer can omit a word, capitalize a common noun (seasons aren’t proper nouns), and misplace punctuation (the period belongs before the closing parenthesis):

A funky character isn’t out of character for online stories:

It’s a homophonic error that’s also quite common:

Another missing word and a typo prove the point: Don’t expect perfection when reading anything on Yahoo!.

Vampires deserve respect!

Just which Meyers is the writer for Yahoo! Shine referring to? I think it might be Stephenie Meyer, author of the “Twilight” series.

(Did I mention that fall isn’t a proper noun? No? Well, it isn’t.)

I was wrong. It wasn’t Stephenie Meyer that the writer was referring to; rather, it was some other chick with a strikingly similar name:

The current generation of college kids is probably unaware that there’s an incorrect verb and a missing word here:

Vampires are important! They command our respect! That’s why we have to capitalize them! The vampire trend isn’t just— um, isn’t just what?  Whatever it is, it’s a showstopper!

I have no idea what the writer means here, except I do know that bloodsucking is one word and Forever 21 deserves some respect, too!

I think Lory Byron is Lord Byron’s younger sister. The rest of this mess? I haven’t a clue:

But vampires deserve respect!

New day, same old crap

It’s just a bunch of typos, extraneous words, a miscapitalized season, and unnecessary punctuation on Yahoo! Shine. It’s just like any other day at Yahoo!.

The woman’s name is Patricia Field, with one I and only one L:

Someone is obviously punctuation-challenged. There’s no hyphen in preteen and the commas here are just wrong:

New day, same crap. Welcome to Yahoo!.

Get-fit tips for writers

Confusion reigns in this headline from Yahoo! Shine:

Will you get “fit tips” for summer? Or “get-fit tips”? Only the writer knows. But the reader knows that summer isn’t a proper noun and commas strewn about like so much confetti are seldom correct.

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