Shoes too loose?

Sometimes I wish there was simultaneous translations on Yahoo! Style; that way maybe I could understand the writers. I get that grey is a variant of what most Americans call gray. But what’s with the “white shoes nothing to loose”?

nothing to loose

Should that be “too loose”? Or “to lose”?

Series of errors is common

A series of errors on the Yahoo! front page is not unusual. It’s quite common to see a mismatch of a subject (like series) and its verb (which should be aims):

fp series aim

The noun series is both singular and plural. In this case, it’s used as a singular noun because there’s only one series of ads.

A feasible explanation

I’d like an explanation from the folks at how expensive rents make homeownership more feasible:

fp more feasible

Perhaps the writers, who likely work in a non-English-speaking country, think that feasible means “attractive” and not “possible.” That would be a feasible explanation.

In the unlikely event you use the right word…

In the unlikely event the writer for Yahoo! Answers stumbles on the correct word, I’d be flabbergasted:

on the event ans

Some aid needed here

Whoever’s responsible for this on the Yahoo! front page could use some aid in proofreading:

fp daying

Battling verbosity

If battling means “fighting against,” does “battling against him” mean “fighting against against him”? I say “Yes!” But the editors at the Yahoo! front page say “Huh?”

fp battling against

Dumbest Statement of the Day

Reading this article on Yahoo! Style, you might that that girls’ self-esteem was actually pretty good: 70% thought they “measured up”:


Are you as distrusting as I? Did you question that stat? You should, because it qualifies as today’s Dumbest Statement of the Day. Here’s the actual number, according to Dove (which you’ll find at the link that this writer so conveniently supplied):

dove data

So, the truth: 7 in 10 girls believe that they don’t measure up. I can think of one writer who doesn’t measure up to some journalistic standards.

How to prevent this kind of error

Many people wouldn’t consider this an error on the Yahoo! front page, but it does indicate a lapse in vocabulary:

fp preventative 2

The word preventative is not incorrect, it is simply an alternative to the preferred preventive. It’s easy to prevent writers from using anything other than a preferred word: Make them use a dictionary (I hear that there are even dictionaries on the Web these days) or subject their writing to review by a competent editor before it’s published.

I cry sometimes, too

I admit that I cry sometimes, especially when I read something as stupid as this sentence from Yahoo! Answers:


There is no rational explanation possible for using they to refer to a Yamster, which appears to be a hamster mascot for the Yahoo! site. Unless the Yamster is a collective name for conjoined twins, and Yahoo! is hiding the other twin out of our view. As for the rest of the text, just be thankful that I obscured some words with my red circle. You really don’t want to read that juvenile, amateurishly written tripe.

Something else should be weeded out

A brilliant writer for Yahoo! Style has weeded out “five of the best and buzziest acts” from South by Southwest for your consideration:

weeded out

Why would she eliminate acts that she thinks are unsuitable or unwanted? Why? Because she has no idea what weeded out means. I can think of one other person who should be weeded out.


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