Here’s a lesson you for

Here’s a lesson for you, courtesy of Yahoo: Make sure your words are in the correct order.

Another lesson: Proofread everything you write. Even the headlines.


When words out are of order

If you’re shopping around for a great loan, you might be interested in this article from Yahoo! Finance:


Unfortunately (but not surprisingly), you’d be disappointed. The article isn’t about saving “when money shopping.” It’s about saving money when shopping. That’s just a little different.

What does a police beach department do?

What kind of policing does a beach department do? Are the cops on the lookout for illegal shell games? Reckless diving? Phishing scams? Maybe the Yahoo! Style writer will fill us in:

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Getting words in the order wrong

If someone paid to have this written for, I’d suggest they try getting half or more of their money back:

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Still learning English?

If you’re still learning English, you might want to rethink you’re decision to write for Yahoo! Answers. You might just find that your skills aren’t up to par — even for a site with standards as low as Yahoo!’s.

You don’t want to end up writing like this:

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I have no idea what “to make it easier” means. To make what easier? I have no idea why the writer can’t figure out how to write a question. Someone needs to explain to this writer about transpose the words in “you should” and “you shouldn’t.” Sigh. Maybe that will be covered in the writer’s next English class.

Word dyslexia

A writer demonstrates a common problem on in what one blogger calls “word dyslexia.”

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An editor will to help avoid this

An editor who’s actually familiar with English and a dictionary, could help avoid this embarrassing mistakes on Yahoo! front page:

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I have no idea why jumbled words are so prevalent on Yahoo!. And I won’t speculate why the writer chose pizazz over the preferred pizzazz. But I’ll declare everday a mistake on two counts: It appears to be a typo for everyday, and everyday should be every day.

How to instantly spot a ‘fake’ news site

If the words in a sentence are out of order, you’re reading a fake news site — and it’s probably

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It’s called proofreading

Words can be corrected using a technique called that proofreading puts words in the correct order. Maybe the folks at should look into it:

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Whose writing is this?

Words get out of order on Yahoo! Makers on a now seemingly daily basis. Wrong words are used daily, too, especially when the writer can’t choose between two words, only one of which is correct. And with more than a dozen punctuation marks, how can one pick among them? And whose writing is actually worth attempting to replicate?

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Did you spot all those errors? The incorrect word order? The use of between (which should be used with only two objects) instead of among (for more than two)? The lack of a question mark at the end of the question? And the use of who’s (which is a contraction of who is or who has) instead of whose (the possessive pronoun)?

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