What were you thinking?

I could be urging the Yahoo! Style “news editor” to proofread her writing before she publishes it. But I won’t because if I did, we wouldn’t be treated to this bit of amusement:

gender neural sty

I think a “gender neural dress code” specifies that male neurons must wear pants, and female axons must be covered at all times.

Make over the makeup artst

How does a typo like this — on the home page of Yahoo! Celebrity — go unnoticed and uncorrected?

artst cel

Nice proofreading job!

Maybe the proofreaders at Yahoo! front page are still suffering the aftereffects of New Year’s Eve partying, and didn’t notice the misspelled Susannah here:

fp suannah

Or the mashup here:

fp wontovershadow

Maybe it’s the proofreaders’ fault. Or maybe Yahoo! doesn’t have proofreaders.

Justin Bieber’s weird transformation

It’s a weird Justin Bieber transformation on the home page of Yahoo! Style:

transformtion sty hp

Happy hoildays!

From the folks at yahoo.com:

fp hoilday

What is it about the word?

What is it about the word the that’s so hard to spell? It seems simple enough, yet the editors at yahoo.com manage to screw it up:

fp thee

And when they do spell it correctly, it’s the wrong word:

fp the consume

Worried about your job?

Let’s take the charitable view of this article by the Yahoo! Style news “editor” and assume that she’s worried about keeping her job and the anxiety is affecting her writing. With recent headlines about Yahoo! selling off parts of the company, she may be concerned about her future. Of course, it’s also possible that she has a tenuous grasp of English and a third-grader’s vocabulary.

The article is filled with typos and misspellings, but they’re not nearly as bad as her misuse of common words, like betrothed. She apparently thinks it means married, and not engaged:

betrothed sty

She has trouble with the plural of some words, like aircraft:

aircrafts style

The plural of aircraft is aircraft. If she wanted to emphasize the fact that there were multiple planes, she should have used the word planes.

Homophones are another problem for this gal, who can’t seem to remember that palate is the roof of her mouth (or her sense of taste) and palette refers to a color scheme:

color palate sty

Why were the folks at Sofia Vergara’s wedding glowering? We’ll have to ask the “editor” for an explanation:

glower-filled sty

Proving again that plurals are too difficult for her to master, she comes up with lilys instead of lilies. (Didn’t we all learn “change the Y to I and add ES” when we were 8?) And her limited vocabulary is again on display. I wonder what fauna (deer? gorillas? wildebeests?) was lurking among the flora:

lilys fauna sty

Finally, she’s just a tad confused about matching a verb to a subject:

each were sty

When the subject is each the verb is singular (was, not were, in this case).

Poor thing. This “editor” is worried about her job. And with good reason.

Tyra Banks: Barely three

I keep looking and looking at this picture of Tyra Banks on Yahoo! Beauty and I can see two barely there brows:

brows pic

What am I missing? Is a third brow hidden under her bangs? How did the Yahoo! Beauty staff manage to find three brows?

brows sty

Writing that’s all that different from correct

This paragraph may pose a clue as to why the quality of writing on Yahoo! is so pathetic. It was written by the New York bureau chief for Yahoo! Entertainment:

different than cel

Her writing isn’t all that different from the way the rest of Yahoo! staffers write: She doesn’t know when to use different from; she overlooked the, which should be they; and she used the past tense made when the other verbs in the list are present tense.

Life in the Royal Statute Factory

Although this writer for Yahoo! Style claims “we’ve all read the history books,” I don’t think she learned a lot:

ordinance sty

I’m not referring to her inability to pound out the word battlefield. Or her insistence on using a hyphen after an adverb ending in -LY. I’m referring to her mention of the Royal Ordinance Factory, which would be a place where statutes, regulations, or orders are manufactured.

It’s too bad there’s no ordinance prohibiting the incorrect use of words in a public place. This gal would be arrested and sent up the river because anyone who “read the history books” knows that military material, including weapons and ammunition, is ordnance.

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