At some websites, writers and editors hold a daily postmortem to discuss the popularity of articles appearing on their site. At Yahoo! Style the writers and editors should hold a meeting to figure out why they can’t even spell postmortem:
This should be one of the basic commandments of journalism: Know thy subject. At least know how to spell your subject’s name. That’s not exactly the philosophy over at Yahoo! Style, where they can’t spell Lilly Pulitzer’s name:
That’s not as bad as the spelling they used the last time they wrote about the company.
Americans bemoaning the state of public education need look no further than the Yahoo! front page for an example of the failure of schools to teach the basics:
I’m guessin’ that the headline was written by someone in the U.S. (though I could be wrong and it could be written in another country) and that the writer is a Millennial who never learned to spell and who can’t be bothered to consult a dictionary or a spell-checker.
How many mistakes are acceptable in a sentence? Zero? One? Two? Three? That’s what seems to be okie-dokie over at Yahoo! Style, where the writer misspelled French Riviera, used the wrong preposition in what should be arriving at, and banged out dressed instead of dress:
In baseball, that would be three strikes, sending the batter to the dugout. I wonder where Yahoo! sends its writers who strike out. Oh, yeah. Yahoo! sends them to their next writing assignment.
Was the editor involved with a little coke before writing this headline for yahoo.com?
Let’s see how long it takes the geniuses at Yahoo! to change that typo to Coca-Cola and to change infamous to famous. (Infamous is not a synonym for famous; it means notorious or well-known for a very, very bad reason.) Maybe they’ll also move that question mark so that it’s outside the quotation marks.