Climate change: A hot topic

If you’re searching for reliable health information, authoritative information on climate change, or probably anything about travel, don’t go looking at Yahoo! Travel. If you do, you might encounter this ridiculous claim by a writer who has no business writing about the dangers of overheating:

hypothermia trav

Exposure to high temperatures can result in hyperthermia. Hypothermia is the result of exposure to extreme cold.

The readers of Yahoo! didn’t overlook that little mistake. They left a few comments for the writer:

“Does Yahoo ever research its topics?!”

“So it looks like next time Sophie Forbes (I wish I could tag her in this somehow) should do a little proof reading so she doesn’t look like a complete fool when millions of people see her article.”

“maybe an editor changed it………..of course i’m being sarcastic”

“What passes for editing in “journalism” today is nothing more than spellchecker.”

“This is all part of the charm of reading Yahoo.”

“My high school paper was better than yahoo by far.”

“Honestly, it’s almost impossible to take what this article has to say seriously when it can’t even get simple facts correct.”


The effect is not good

What’s the effect of using the wrong word? Readers of Yahoo! Travel will probably tell you it affects them negatively:

effect travel

That’s quite an investment!

Investing in hangars, lightweight or otherwise, would require some serious cash:

hangars diy

After all, a hangar is designed to house aircraft. It seems like a rather inordinately large expense for storing clothes. You’d think that the Yahoo! Makers writer would recommend something a little smaller and less costly, like some really good lightweight hangers.

Did you draw a blank?

Did the writer for Yahoo! Makers draw a blank when trying to write about that thing in a bureau that slides in and out and that is used for storage?

draw diy

It’s called a drawer. If you’re from Boston, like me, you may pronounce it draw, but you spell it with that -ER at the end. But that’s the least of this writer’s problems. She just doesn’t know how to form the plural of a noun, insisting on including an apostrophe:

draw kitchens apost diy

She makes a common, everyday mistake with this spelling:

draw everyday

It wouldn’t surprise me if she spelled it that way every day, ’cause here it is again:

draw everyday 2

If the first one is a typo, then the second one is a misspelling. But I’ll concede that this is a typo that even a spell-checker wouldn’t spot (but a competent editor would):

draw if

Here’s a creative spelling of bathroom and a mysterious sparklingly where sparkling would do:

draw bath room

How many more mistakes can one writer make in one article? At least one more, although this may constitute two:

draw like was

I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean. I wish Yahoo had writers who could write and editors who could edit; it makes life way easier for readers.

Lightening the load

Here’s one way of lightening the load in a lightning-fast way for your readers: Use the correct word. Don’t fall into the trap that this Yahoo! Travel writer finds herself in: Learn the difference between words that sound alike (or nearly alike):

lightening sharks tra

Whose writing is this?

Words get out of order on Yahoo! Makers on a now seemingly daily basis. Wrong words are used daily, too, especially when the writer can’t choose between two words, only one of which is correct. And with more than a dozen punctuation marks, how can one pick among them? And whose writing is actually worth attempting to replicate?

whos a list diy

Did you spot all those errors? The incorrect word order? The use of between (which should be used with only two objects) instead of among (for more than two)? The lack of a question mark at the end of the question? And the use of who’s (which is a contraction of who is or who has) instead of whose (the possessive pronoun)?

Is a word missing?

Is this article on Yahoo! Makers missing a word? Was the writer talking about fancy stationary bikes?

stationary diy 3

Nah. She just doesn’t know the difference between stationary (which means “not moving”) and the paper you write on (which is stationery).

I sometimes forget which homophone to use. And then I remember: A lettER is written on stationERy.

Even when there’s more than one, there’s only one

There’s only one aircraft. Even if you’re talking about more than one plane, there’s only aircraft — it’s both a singular and plural noun. You’d think a writer for Yahoo! travel would know that:

aircrafts tra

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