Readers protest tyop

Readers protest this attempt at ageism on Yahoo! Style:

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Maybe a pick-me-up would give it some oomph

This little excerpt from Yahoo! Style could use a little oomph. A pick-me-up and some hyphens are in order:

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The writer could probably use a little pick-me-up too, or at least a little pick-me-up-and-take-me-to-a-dictionary. There she might learn that umph, when it does appear in a dictionary, is an expression of disgust or skepticism.

You know the old saying?

You know the old saying “it’s better to write fast than to write well”? No? That’s because I made it up after reading this on Yahoo! Style:

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I’m trying to come up with a reason for so many errors, like the missing punctuation in what should be ’70s, and the use of its for the  contraction it’s. And more missing punctuation and the misspelling of granddad. And why the writer would call this sweater a “sleeves sweater”:

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It’s a sleeveless sweater or a vest or even a sweater vest.

But why so many errors? I can only surmise that the writer was under an incredible time crunch, that she’s not a great typist and that she hasn’t completely mastered English. And the company she works for has very, very low standards for content. Maybe even no standards.

Ronald Reagan, first female president

If you thought that Hillary Clinton would have been the first female president of the United States, you’re overlooking Ronald Reagan. Mr. Reagan, according to the genius Yahoo! Style writer, was a female who had been divorced:

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If he’d been a man, he would have been a divorcé.

Keep it intact

It’s in the Yahoo! Style writer’s best interest to learn to use the correct words in common idioms and to keep words intact:

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She’s not a prima donna

No, she’s not a prima donna, according to Yahoo! Style. She’s a misspelled primadonna:

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That’s altogether different

This Yahoo! Style writer should get a jump-start on her high school diploma and head over to a dictionary. She might learn that jump-start has a hyphen, workout is one word when it’s a noun and this sentence is altogether different from correct:

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Let’s say this all together: If you mean “totally, entirely, completely,” use altogether. Use all together when you mean “together, as a unit or whole.”

An embarrassing wardrobe malfunction

Here’s a really embarrassing wardrobe malfunction, courtesy of Yahoo! Style:

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How one dreadful headline led to a headache

Oy. Does my head ache! And I blame it on this headline from Yahoo! Movies:

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It led to my throbbing temples. What made the editor think that lead was the past tense of lead? When lead is pronounced led, it’s the stuff that’s in a pencil. The past tense of the verb lead (which is pronounced leed) is led. Which leads me to another source of my pain: That crazy hyphen before Detour. What led the editor to believe that was correct?

Someone should get a long sentence for that Clause

It’s off to the grammar slammer for the Yahoo! Celebrity writer responsible for this clumsy Clause:

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