Don’t dangle that in public

Reading this on Yahoo! Style, I noticed a dangling participle:

coming of age

Unless the writer meant that Abercrombie & Fitch came of age in suburban New England in the early- to mid-aughts, there’s a problem with that sentence. That’s because the participial phrase, which begins with the participle coming, modifies the word that follows it. What the writer should have said:

Coming of age in suburban New England in the early- to mid-aughts, I thought Abercrombie & Fitch…

Oh, the writer also screwed up the hyphens, but you knew that.

Father of American Scholarship wasn’t American

I learn something new every day. Like, I just found out that Noah Webster, who was born and died in Connecticut, was really English. If the writer for Yahoo! Makers knew he wasn’t American, why didn’t I know? And why didn’t Wikipedia know?

english webster diy

Best Misspelling of the Day

It’s a privilege to introduce Best Misspelling of the Day, brought to us by Yahoo! Celebrity

priviledges cel

Where does a school go to school?

Here’s one for the readers of Yahoo! Makers: Where does a school go when it’s “heading back to school”?

school heading to school diy

I think the writer should be heading back to school to learn how to proofread her own writing.

Dogs and their pets

What kind of a pet would a dog have? Would a golden retriever keep a goldfish? Would a Dalmatian have a spotted salamander as a pet? If I ever meet the writer of this article on Yahoo! Makers, I’ll ask her:

dogs pets diy

In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the photos of the dogs that resemble their owners.

What did you expect?

I shouldn’t be surprised at the number of mistakes made in a simple photo caption on Yahoo! Travel. None of them is horrifying, but taken together, they give off an amateurish vibe. I might have ignored the totally random hyphen, the misspelled restaurants (don’t these people have a spell-checker?), the missing S in miles, but I can’t ignore the overall effect:

afterall tra

But mistakes are to be expected; after all, this is Yahoo!.

Cast and crew: one and the same?

According to Yahoo! Movies, the “Suicide Squad” cast and crew are a single unit; either that, or the writer can’t match a verb to its subject:

celebrates mov

What’s its informal name?

In a bakery’s formal name is Babycakes, what do you suppose its informal name is? Baby? Cakes? The writer for Yahoo! Food, who I don’t think was formerly a student of common English words, has me a little confused:

formally food

Ha! The bakery is Erin McKenna’s Bakery; it was formerly known as Babycakes.

Didn’t go to school in the U.S.?

People outside the United States just don’t understand the names we give to each year in a high school or college. They can’t always remember that freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior are the four years of education. So, maybe if the writer isn’t from the U.S., he or she doesn’t know that a student in the third year of college is a junior, not a junior student:

fp junior student

A $100 suit isn’t so bad

I’m not sure why a $100 suit is considered news at the Yahoo! front page:

fp 100 dollar suit

If it’s such a big deal, I’ll write a check to A-Rod right now.


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