Is my face red! That’s what I’d say if I were the editor for yahoo.com:
This is a rogue monster wave:
This is a rouge monster wave:
In other news, according to Yahoo News, European leaders vow to “stand-up” to Trump:
With a hyphen, stand-up is a variant of standup, which is an adjective (he’s a standup guy) or noun (he’s a comedian who only does standup). As a verb, it’s stand up, without a hyphen and the idiom that means “to confront” is stand up to, also without a hyphen.
I’m scratching myself and wiping the dandruff off my keyboard over this teaser on Yahoo News:
I know what an opponent of sexual misconduct is. But what is an opponent against sexual misconduct? I think it means the attorney general of New York is a proponent of the shady activity. He’s also accused of non-consenual behavior, which is another head-scratcher. Maybe if Yahoo’s editors used a spell-checker they would tell us that it’s consensual behavior.
Are Yahoo News’ policies benefiting its readers? I don’t know what the company’s policies are, but I know what they should adopt: Requiring that headlines be proofread by an actual human being before they’re published. In that way, the Internet giant might avoid embarrassments like this:
A spell-checker won’t have caught that typo. Nor would it have flagged this as a spelling mistake:
I’m not going to say that the Yahoo editors are pulling a total con job on readers. This is just one more reminder that you can’t rely on a spell-checker. But there’s one benefit — at least for me. I learned that puling is a real word; it means whimpering or whining.
Whose back did Lola Openg want scratched? That’s the question I’m left with when I read this on Yahoo Lifestyle:
The writer alleges that Ms. Openg said, “Scratch her back.” Whose back would that be? In fact Ms. Openg asked Alexa, “Scratch my back.” That’s a bit different, isn’t it? And that illustrates what happens when a writer and editor have no idea what a direct quote is.
Is there a shortage of apostrophes at Yahoo Lifestyle? Or is it just a shortage of editors who know how to use them? Here’s a headline and teaser that has me questioning if Yahoo hires only apostrophe- and spelling-impaired editors:
OK. So that was just a careless mistake (or two or three). The actual article must be better, right? Wrong. Those folks at Yahoo are still apostrophe-impaired, unable to put them in two places in one sentence:
Let’s take the charitable view that this is just a typo and not the result of a writer’s unfamiliarity with a common expression like “fill it up”:
I’d overlook this mistake (just like the writer overlooked the word to before walk), if it were the only goof, but alas, it’s not:
Another apostrophe goes missing here, but maybe it’s just the result of a malfunctioning keyboard:
But, wait! There’s more! After I wrote this post, the headline and teaser were corrected. Somewhat:
It looks like the editors noticed the missing apostrophe and the typo. Good job! Maybe next time they’ll learn to use a spell-checker and proofread before publishing. If not, I may just harass them some more.