Let’s get this straight: There’s a time when there should be an apostrophe in let’s, but this from Yahoo! Style isn’t one of them:
With an apostrophe, it’s an contraction of let us.
The editor for Yahoo! News must have read this and treated the verb was as if it were correct:
It is not. The statement of something that is not factual requires the subjunctive mood. For the verb to be, the past subjunctive is were, regardless of the number or person of the subject. So, he tossed money around as if it were confetti. I wish I were reading the correct verb.
Did the writer of this teaser on Yahoo! Celebrity just dash it off? I’d say so:
The first hint was the mention of Dash boutiques since there’s only one Dash boutique in Hollywood. Obviously the writer didn’t have time to verify that little fact. Then it was the undercapitalized Pilates, which is a proper noun. But who has time to check a dictionary? Finally it was the mismatched subject (signs) and verb (which should be prohibit). OK, that’s not the result of dashing off a sentence; that’s the result of being poorly educated.
The first thing I noticed about this module on the Yahoo! front page was the mismatch of a subject (photo) with its verb (which should be depicts). The next thing I noticed was cell phone:
That’s a perfectly fine spelling. Except that not everyone at yahoo.com agrees. Apparently the technology has caught the writers and editors by surprise and they just haven’t had time to agree on its spelling:
Apparently the use of airstrikes in combat has come as a complete surprise to the staff at the Yahoo! front page. They simply can’t decide if it’s one word or two, so they try it both ways. They also can’t decide if staff is a collective noun that should be treated as singular or if it’s a plural noun. What the heck! Let’s use it both ways:
and here’s an alternative spelling of airstrikes:
Legitimate news sources have a little thing called a style guide that settles such issues. And if the style guide doesn’t address the issue, a competent editor does. But this is Yahoo! … no standards need apply.
The number of errors on Yahoo! is increasing every day. A number of errors have appeared on yahoo.com every day:
Here’s what the American Heritage Dictionary says about matching a verb to the noun number:
As a collective noun number may take either a singular or a plural verb. It takes a singular verb when it is preceded by the definite article the: The number of skilled workers is increasing. It takes a plural verb when preceded by the indefinite article a: A number of the workers have learned new skills.