Some really flaky spelling

Everybody loves a well-written article, but don’t go looking for one on Yahoo! Makers. This writer must have had loaves on the brain when she wrote this:

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She manages to use the preferred spelling flaky once, but chooses an alternate spelling just a few words later. But she goes completely off the rails with her use of the plural pronouns them and they, which are lacking an antecedent. If she had written about biscuits, and not a biscuit, they’d be okie-dokie. But she didn’t. Boo.

Oh! His phone!

Oh! His phone at halftime! Does that make sense to anyone except the person at who wrote this?

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What would you say afer reading this?

What would you say to the writer or editor after reading this on

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How about “Take a proofreading class”?

Sneak peek

If this is a sneak peek of the quality of writing we can expect from Yahoo! Decor, I think it will be a rich source of fodder for Terribly Write:

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Can you figure out what “chatskis” are?I think it’s the phonetic spelling of tchotchkes by someone who doesn’t know how to pronounce tchotchkes. That’s the worst misspelling I’ve ever seen.

Revering accuracy

Yahoo! Makers is not a site where writers and editors revere accuracy. The making of one typo isn’t a big deal here. And neither is the ridiculous allegation that Revere is somehow part of Boston:

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It would have taken the writer about a nanosecond to Google “Revere” to learn that it is a city north of Boston

Great! Britian!

It may look like an Armenian name, what with its -IAN ending, but it’s just a misspelling on the Yahoo! front page:

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Where do you get your information?

When you’re looking for reliable information about investing, finance, or business, what website do you turn to? Yahoo! Finance? If you’re like most people, you’re adversely influenced by the number of mistakes, no matter how minor, you find. Typos, misspellings, and grammar mistakes all erode the credibility of a website or an article.

So, how credible do you find this article, where the writer apparently knew she needed an apostrophe in the first sentence, but couldn’t figure out where? Or that she’s a little skimpy when it comes to her hyphen usage?

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(Omitting the hyphens in an age is one of the top 3 hyphen errors you’ll find on Yahoo!.)

I really think that if you’re going to write about finance and business for adults, you need to know the difference between a product (oh, like, say a Barbie doll) and a manufacturer (like Mantel). I’m pretty sure that even though Barbie is a pretty smart, yet plastic cookie, she did not release a doll:

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Perhaps to prove that she is completely uninterested in the correct use of punctuation, the writer throws in some random and thoroughly incorrect commas. But I’ll admit to one positive note: The writer has got me interested in seeing those ads where the Chinese actress stares, presumably at the camera:

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What did you expect?

I shouldn’t be surprised at the number of mistakes made in a simple photo caption on Yahoo! Travel. None of them is horrifying, but taken together, they give off an amateurish vibe. I might have ignored the totally random hyphen, the misspelled restaurants (don’t these people have a spell-checker?), the missing S in miles, but I can’t ignore the overall effect:

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But mistakes are to be expected; after all, this is Yahoo!.

That gives me a headache

Reading misspellings and typos like this one on the Yahoo! front page give me a headache. Or should I say heaache:

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I wouldn’t want a byline

I think the writer for Yahoo! Makers didn’t want a byline for this article because he or she knew it wasn’t a model of journalistic excellence:

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It’s just a tad sloppy, isn’t it? There’s the use of you instead of your. The missing hyphen in what should be old-fashioned. The lowercase and missing S in Epsom salts. And a torn-apart cheesecloth. Heck, if I made that many mistakes in two sentences, I wouldn’t want my name associated with it either.


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