If the writer for Yahoo! TV’s “Daytime in No Time” thinks this is correct, then I am officially completely grossed out by her:
An editor who mistook a series of words for a sentence then published this on the Yahoo! front page:
If the writer omitted who and added a comma and the word and before the word then, it would be a complete and grammatically correct sentence.
Is this a new record for Yahoo! Shine? One sentence, three goofs: than instead of then, a missing the, and break instead of brake.
If you think that this is correct, then chances are you work for Yahoo! Shine:
If you can’t stand homophonic errors, then you shouldn’t be reading Yahoo! Shine. Especially this:
This writer is a loose cannon, who can screw up something as simple as a book title. (Huck Finn is a character; the book is “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”)
I assume that the “cannon” she refers to is Christopher Cannon, the author of “The Grounds of English Literature.” But that makes no sense. This loose cannon doesn’t know the difference between a large weapon that fires large balls and a group of literary works (that would be a canon).
And then I wrote then when I should have written than:
From the mind of a writer for Yahoo! Shopping.
I don’t know of anyone except the reporter for the Yahoo! News blog “The Ticket” who thinks of Apple as a software company. The maker of Macs, MacBooks, iPads, iPods, and iPhones does a bit more than provide the software behind those devices. Anyhoo, the surprises don’t stop with that bit of news; they continue with a rookie mistakes (the misuse of then instead of than):
and continue with a series that contains either one too many the‘s or one too few:
Some people confuse slight and sleight. Others have trouble choosing between than and then. And others can’t figure out when to use bear or bare. But few professional writers can’t pick the right word from any of those commonly confused pairs. It takes a really, really special writer to screw them up; and that writer works for Yahoo! Shine.
After making a typo, she Fs up sleight of hand:
Then she goes with than and bare:
But she shouldn’t bear the brunt of grammarians’ wrath. I blame her employer, who doesn’t insist that an editor approve all articles written by its staff.
On average, a woman’s hands are almost three degrees colder than a man’s. That’s what she should have written. Here’s what the senior features editor for Yahoo! Shine actually wrote:
What she wrote:
What she should have written: She should have matched the plural subject (mass and fat) with a plural verb (are). She should know better than to use then when she meant than.
What she wrote:
What she should have written? I have no freakin’ idea. None at all.