Why aren’t editors typically aren’t employed?

Why aren’t editors employed at Yahoo! Finance? They might actually prevent something like this:

arent arent fin

Is that the automated teller machine machine?

Let’s overlook this awkwardly worded sentence from Yahoo! Finance and focus on one of my pet peeves: ATM machines. No, not the machines themselves, but this phrase:

atm machine fin

The initialism ATM is short for “automated (or automatic) teller machine.” The addition of machine is superfluous and just drives me crazy. So do PIN number, MLB baseball, and VIN number.

Maybe they should plunge

It seems that the editors at yahoo.com were surprised that the worst global markets plunged as a result of the Brexit vote:

fp worst to plunge

Wouldn’t you expect the worst markets to plunge? If you’re a frequent reader of Terribly Write, you’d also expect to find a mistake on the Yahoo! front page. In case it’s one word too many. I think. I’m guessin’ the editors meant: Brexit spurs global markets plunge. Or: Brexit spurs worst global markets plunge. Or something else.

About your your proofreading skills…

It would take approximately 2 nanoseconds to proofread this sentence on yahoo.com:

fp your your

So, how come nobody took the time to do that?

Instead of instead

Instead of repeating instead, the Yahoo! Sports writer should have opted for making the sentence shorter and choosing the right word:

opted on spo mlb

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.

Dis-graceful

If this were written by a third-grader, the mistakes might be understandable. But coming from a professional writer for Yahoo! Style, they’re downright disgraceful:

graceful sty

Someone writing about fashion should know that paillettes needs two L’s; they are a type of sequin. And when the plural word is the subject of the sentence, it requires a plural subject. And Lord help her (because no one at Yahoo! will), the writer actually thinks that graceful is a suitable modifier for the verb floats. It is not; the adverb gracefully is.

Is it my eyes?

Are my eyes failing me? According to Yahoo! Style, Beyonce is wearing Minnie Mouse ears:

mm ears sty

And here’s the picture that allegedly shows the singer in Minnie ears:

mm ears pic

Maybe it was the cataract surgery that screwed up my eyes because I don’t see the ears. I see a polka dot pink-and-white bow that looks like it was Photoshopped onto the picture. However, I do see the bat “made adorned” with $100 bills.

What does this say tell you about yahoo.com?

What does this say about yahoo.com’s commitment to excellence:

fp say tell

It tells me it doesn’t exist.

Not a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer

With this many mistakes in a single sentence, it’s a safe bet that this Yahoo! Style writer won’t be winning any journalism prizes:

emmy-award sty

I gotta give her credit for trying to use a hyphen, though she got that wrong. It should be Emmy Award-winning. It’s downhill from there: that was featured should be who were featured. Although it’s not grammatically incorrect to refer to human beings with that, it is considered impolite; that’s why she should have used who. And was featured is grammatically horrific since its subject is powerhouses. Finally, we have women in the TV, which may sound correct to those learning English. To the rest of us, it’s the worst.

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