What month would you select?

What month would you select in the Dylann Roof trial? According to yahoo.com, a July selection begins in the trial.

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But what is the selection for? Personally, I’d prefer to see a jury selection start now for Mr. Roof’s trial.

Mystery unsolved!

Here’s a mystery from Yahoo! Style: How does a mistake like this go undetected by writers, editors, proofreaders, building maintenance staff, and everyone else working at Yahoo!?

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Maybe this wasn’t written in this country

While reading this photo caption on Yahoo! Style, I was struck by the writer’s use of the British whilst:

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Perhaps Yahoo! outsourced the writing to an almost-English-speaking country. Maybe this was written for a UK site, and not for the American market. Maybe that’s why the writer capitalized queen; in some countries that are not the United States, that might actually be correct. And maybe that Lady Fag she writes of isn’t related to Ladyfag, the writer from New York City. The typo of that for than might be okie-dokie in the land where she lives. But in no English-speaking country is is what makes an acceptable substitute for the correct are what make.

Trump cut short

People must be getting nervous over at Yahoo! Finance, and it’s affecting their work. It looks like a little p ran out of Mr. Trump:

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And instead of merely appealing the EU tax decision, Apple will appeal against it, which might mean something to the writer, but to me means the writer is unfamiliar with English:

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I don’t know why Apple will appeal the decision. Heck if I owed a $14.50 tax bill, I’d just pay it:

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Maybe it’s the principle of the thing. Or maybe the stress is getting to those folks at Yahoo!.

Warning readers about this headline

I’m not warning you away from reading this on yahoo.com, since I don’t really use the phrase warning away because I don’t know what it means. However, I am warning you about this headline, which includes a rather embarrassing typo:

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A tragic balloon crash that killed 16 people deserves better treatment than this.

Are the Koch brothers birthers?

I know that Donald Trump is a “birther” — someone who alleges that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States, in spite of  enormous evidence to the contrary. Now it appears that according to Yahoo! News the Koch brothers are also birthers:

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Or maybe not. When trying to decipher a typo, there’s always a chance of misinterpreting the writer’s intent.

This is not Absolutely Fabulous

In a brief paragraph about the new flick “Absolutely Fabulous,” the Yahoo! Style staff manages to screw up the movie’s title, squish together two words (which I wouldn’t have bothered to mention, except there it is), and come up with a new preposition for the common expression reminisce about:

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That seems wrong

Here’s a typo from Yahoo! Sports that a spell-checker would never catch.

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Of course, Yahoo! writers and editors don’t use a spell-checker, so I guess the point is moot.

Sensitive subject gets insensitive treatment

When you’re writing about a sensitive subject, give it the respect it deserves. And don’t follow the example of yahoo.com editors: Proofread!

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Who stitched this together?

Whoever stitched together this sentence for Yahoo! Sports did a pretty good job, if you ignore the misspelling and the missing hyphen in the compound adjective gruesome-looking:

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