Was it matched up with feathers?

If something is “paired down,” does that mean it was matched up with feathers? No, it means that the Yahoo! Style writer doesn’t know the difference between pair (which means to join or match in a set or pair) and pare (which means to reduce or trim).

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Girls Scouts are not a group of singers

This writer for Yahoo! Style probably doesn’t know that Girl Scouts are not a group of touring dancers, actors, or other entertainers. That would be a troupe of girls. Girls Scouts are organized into troops:

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Do you know what it is?

Do you think that the editors at yahoo.com know what a Realtor is? I don’t. If they knew that Realtor is a service mark for a real-estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors, they wouldn’t have treated the word as a common noun:

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Dumbest Statement of the Day

I’m going to take a wild guess and say that the writer for Yahoo! Celebrity is not a college graduate:

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A college graduate would know that matriculation is admission into a college or university; it is what happens about four years before graduation.

Evoking memories of errors past

Seeing this use of invoke on Yahoo! Style evokes memories of past mistakes made by Yahoo! writers:

invoke sty

If you mean “to call for support or assistance,” use invoke. If you mean (as this writer did) “to call to mind,” use evoke (as this writer didn’t).

Nice tries, but wrong

This writer for Yahoo! Finance seems a little confused about where to put a hyphen:

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The writer’s not confused about capitalization, though — just wrong. It’s Nobel Prize, with two capital letters. Oh, that hyphen? It belongs after Nobel Prize: Nobel Prize-winner Stiglitz and Nobel Prize-winning economist.

Rein it in!

When will the writers for Yahoo! Makers rein in their errors? When will they learn the difference between rein (which means to control or restrain) and reign (which is what a monarch does)?

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How to write like the pros

If you want to write like the pros, don’t look to Yahoo! Makers for inspiration:

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How do you get a ride underwater?

How do you hitch a ride in the ocean? You call an Uber diver! Ha-ha! I crack myself up. And this cracks me up, too:

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Today’s laugh was brought to you by the comedians at yahoo.com.

That right is wrong

There ought to be a rite of passage that a person has to go through in order to write for a site with millions of readers like Yahoo! Style.

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Unfortunately, just about anyone with a third-grade education seems qualified for that job. A fourth grader would know that right isn’t right and that rite is.

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