Isn’t that a good thing?

In an article about racial inequity in public schools, one Yahoo! Style writer claims that students of color have a lower dropout rate than other students:


Isn’t that a good thing? Yes, it would be if it were accurate. The fact-challenged writer was paraphrasing an article that stated that high school graduation rates are lower for minority students. That means that dropout rates are higher, not lower.

I think this writer needs to go back to school and get that GED.

Friends’ and families’ faces fall

If well-educated editors overlooked this error on Yahoo! Style, their friends’ and families’ faces would fall to the floor:


I’m assuming that the friends and families (there’s probably more than one family involved) have separated faces, so there needs to be an apostrophe after the S on both friends’ and families’.

Neither writer nor editor

Over at Yahoo! Style, neither the writer nor the editor has spotted this grammatical goof:


When two words are joined by neither…nor, the verb must agree with the word closer to it, which in this case is the singular Hadid, and the verb should be has released.

If there ever was a bond

With this homophonic horror, the bond between Yahoo! Style and the reader is broken — if there ever was one.


Where did you get that idea?

Where did the Yahoo! Style writer get the idea that this wear — and not that where — is correct?


Hard to beat this

It’s hard to beat this for the number of errors in a single sentence:


I can’t explain why the Yahoo! Style writer included a registered trademark symbol with a product name, unless she’s under the illusion that she has to protect a trademark. Which brings me to the question: Why didn’t she recognize Velcro as a registered trademark, too? Because that would be as wrong as not capitalizing Velcro.

Don’t you wish we could all be flies on the wall when the writer discusses this with her editor? What would her argument be? Oh, never mind. I forgot: Yahoo! doesn’t believe in editors.

Maybe you could run into a dictionary

What’s the difference between a run-in and running into someone? A whole lot, but not to this Yahoo! Style writer:


A run-in is an angry disagreement. There was no disagreement in this case, just someone named Jenner running into (meeting or encountering, often by chance) a magazine rep.

You’re wrong with your word choice

I really don’t believe that the writer for Yahoo! Finance doesn’t know the difference between you’re (which is a contraction of you are) and your (which is a possessive pronoun):


It’s the kind of mistake I’ll prone to make even though I know the difference and my writing is otherwise perfect. Nearly.

When in doubt

When in doubt about forming the possessive of a word, just follow the example of this Yahoo! Style writer:


Does the apostrophe go before the S? After the S? Unsure? Put it before and after! Turn your dilemma into dilemma-ade!

Not a good place for a typo

Let’s take the charitable view and call this a typo on Yahoo! News:


Typo or egregious grammatical error? Doesn’t matter when it’s in a headline that big. It looks really bad.

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