Get it straight

Would I be strait-laced if I protested this spelling on the Yahoo! front page?

fp straight-laced

The American Heritage Dictionary accepts straight-laced as a variant of the preferred spelling strait-laced. Strait means “tight, narrow, or constricted.” That’s the meaning here and in straitjacket, the spelling preferred over straightjacket.

Flaming out

This sentence on Yahoo! Celebrity started out OK, and then flamed out when it came to spelling flambéed and avoiding duplicating words:

flambed cel

No standards need apply

Apparently the use of airstrikes in combat has come as a complete surprise to the staff at the Yahoo! front page. They simply can’t decide if it’s one word or two, so they try it both ways. They also can’t decide if staff is a collective noun that should be treated as singular or if it’s a plural noun. What the heck! Let’s use it both ways:

fp staff flees

and here’s an alternative spelling of airstrikes:

fp staff flee

Legitimate news sources have a little thing called a style guide that settles such issues. And if the style guide doesn’t address the issue, a competent editor does. But this is Yahoo! … no standards need apply.

Readers forced to see Cylcone

Nobody wants to read typos, especially if they’re reading one of the most popular pages on the Web, the Yahoo! front page:

fp cylcone

This one got passed over

Here’s a typo (at least I hope it’s a simple typo and not a deliberate spelling) that got passed over during the proofreading cycle. Oh, yeah, I forgot. Yahoo! Makers doesn’t have one of those.

a mazto diy

This writer knows how to commit

If you’re going to pound out a word, commit to it, just like this writer for Yahoo! Style did:

commmit sty

Squeezing in

The writer for this set of instructions in a Yahoo! Makers video managed to squeeze in an extra Z and eliminate an E. Nice job!

squezze diy

A crushed spirit

A crushed spirit at Yahoo! Sports might have gone unnoticed if it wasn’t in a headline:

sprit spo

Tiiter, tiiter, this isn’t Twitter

This isn’t Twitter on the Yahoo! front page:

fp twiiter

Illiterate in two languages

The writers at Yahoo! Makers aren’t known for their mastery of the English language. Now we can bestow another honor: Illiterate in French:

bon appetite diy

The expression in French is bon appétit!

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