Each of these is wrong

What do these sentences have in common?

  • No misspelling ever appears on Yahoo!.
  • Articles written by Yahoo! staffers are grammatically correct.
  • Yahoo! articles are always accurate.

Each one of these sentences is wrong — just like this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports, where the writer can’t match the verb (which should be is) to the singular subject:

each are spo

After reading this…

After reading this on Yahoo! Beauty, I don’t feel good:

selfies makes bea

Let’s hope that was just a typo; I’d hate to think the writer thought it was correct.

We will emphasize with emphasis

We (meaning me and my keyboard) will emphasize that this Yahoo! Sports writer has confused a noun (like emphasis) with a verb (like emphasize):

we will emphasis mlb

Did the editor take a detour?

So, the editor for Yahoo! Sports was going to check this headline — you know, for grammatical errors, spelling, that sort of thing — but took a detour at the latte station and totally forgot about this:

takes mlb

Ha! I made that up. I really don’t know why that headline contains that error. It seems pretty obvious that there’s a plural subject, but a singular verb.

Neither was correct

It looks like the editor and writer for Yahoo! Sports gave this the stamp of approval:

neither were name mlb

Unfortunately, neither was correct. The pronoun neither is singular. Just sayin’.

Weave got a problem

It looks like we’ve got a problem with a verb over at Yahoo! TV:

weaved tv otnb

If you mean “To make (a path or way) by winding in and out or from side to side,” then the past tense of the verb is weaved: The Uber driver weaved in and out of traffic. We weaved our way through the crowded marketplace.

If the meaning you’re after is “to combine elements into a complex whole,” then the correct word is wove or woven: He wove a fascinating story. One of the most prevalent themes woven…

Judd Apatow is singular

Neither the Yahoo! Movies editors nor the writer has any idea what the correct verb is here:

have pushed mov

When a compound subject (like reviews and Judd Apatow) is joined by neither…nor, the verb must agree with the subject closer to it. In this case, it’s Judd Apatow and the verb should be has pushed.

Rolling back mistakes

I wish there were some way to roll back misspellings. I’m thinkin’ it would be great if the Yahoo! Finance editors could correct a mistake after a story is published. Of course, that would require that (1) Yahoo! Finance have actual editors, (2) the editors recognize that a noun (like rollback) is different from a verb (like roll back), and (3) they cared enough about the quality of the content on their site to correct errors.

rollback fin

Thanks for clarifying that

Folks looking for clear information about the effects of Brexit on the US should steer clear of Yahoo! Finance, which offers this prediction:

has fin

Can you overlook the obvious disconnect between the plural subject (economy and market) and the singular verb (has)? I should have stopped reading at that point, because the next sentence is a mess of pronouns with no antecedents, except maybe in the mind of the writer. What does “it does have one… exposure” refer to? Does the pronoun it refer to the US economy or the US stock market or the UK economy? And what does its refer to? Some country?  I have no freakin’ idea. What I did learn from this? I won’t be reading the accompanying article.

Reader finally gets it

I read this headline and just couldn’t get it: How does a mistake like this go unnoticed by editors?

get call spo hp

Then I remembered this is from Yahoo! Sports, and now I get it: Nobody proofreads.

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