Do I repeat myself repeat myself?

This is one of the one of the more common errors on the Yahoo! front page — repeated words:

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That error isn’t unique. There are lots of others on, including qualifying the adjective unique. I can’t find a single authority that says it’s correct to write about anything that’s very unique, more unique, or most unique since unique means one of a kind. Everybody does it, but you don’t have to. Avoid qualifying unique. There are loads of other words you could use instead, like unusual, rare, uncommon, and remarkable.

This meets up to expectations

The writers on the Yahoo! front page never fail to meet expectations:

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Of course, my expectations for are pretty low. I’m not at all surprised to find a few extra words in a common expression.

That’s an F for failure

If this photo caption from Yahoo! Style were written by a fourth grader, it’d get an F for a big fat failure:

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How the heck does this get published by one of the largest Internet companies in the world? The repeated word, the use of an apostrophe for an abbreviation, the misspelled launched and polka are all bad. Very bad. But the worst of these horrendous errors is the totally nonsensical, meaningless pile of words that ends the paragraph.

Do I repeat myself? Repeat myself?

“It was repetitive,” said the reader said of the Yahoo! front page :

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Did I miss the rest of April?

Holy moley! I’m beginning to think that I have early onset Alzheimer’s. (OK, at my age, it wouldn’t exactly be early onset.) Somehow I missed the last ten days of April. The Yahoo! front page alerted me to the fact that something happened in April, and I thought it was still April!!

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Johnny Deep thoughts

A lot of deep thought went into this photo caption from Yahoo! Style:

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It takes some real creativity (and a sense of humor!) to mock Johnny Depp’s name like that. It takes some deep reasoning to reinforce the meaning of a co-star: It’s a fellow co-star, and not just a fellow star.

Zany spellings!

Here’s some advice that’s obvious to everyone who writes — except everyone who writes for Yahoo! Style: Misspelling the name of your subject — like, oh, say maybe Zayn Malik — makes you look really, really bad, especially if you do it in a headline:

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It’s a mistake of an amateur writer, a careless writer, or a writer who’s so arrogant he doesn’t feel he needs to Google the name. (Do I need to mention the word choice? Mr. Malik didn’t shave his locks, he shaved his head.)

So, someone at Yahoo! Style must have finally realized that Mr. Malik shaved off his locks. That got corrected, but the geniuses continued to overlook the zany misspelling:

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And that’s not just a careless typo. The writer really believes that’s how to spell his name, because he uses that spelling in the article, along with some extra words and a freshly misspelled freshly:

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Will these mistakes be corrected? We’re hoping.

What What are you really saying?

Forget about what R2-D2 is saying. I want to know what this headline on Yahoo! Movies is really saying:

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To me it says, “We don’t proofread because we are Yahoo.”

You should have kept it under wraps

The writer for Yahoo! Style should have kept this sad attempt at a common idiom under wraps:

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Neither confirming nor denying that she’s responsible for the incorrect correlative conjunction won’t absolve her of responsibility for the mistakes she makes.

Waiving simultaneous translation

If I had any interest in this subject, I might ask for simultaneous translation of this gem from Yahoo! Style:



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