But wait! There’s more!

When she’s not confusing her right hand with her left (see today’s first post), the “news editor” for Yahoo! Style is confusing her readers. She’s also kinda insulting them with her disregard for niceties like punctuation, accurate spelling, and correct grammar.

Omitting a comma isn’t the worst offense in this paragraph, the ungrammatical were (which should be was) is. Or maybe it’s the inability to spell Ms. Wohlfahrt’s name correctly more than once:

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Each of those mistakes was made by a professional writer, who again thinks that each is a plural and that Ms. Wohlfahrt is someone named Wolfhart:

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But wait! There’s more! Once more the editor displays a woeful ignorance of grammar and the name of the subject she’s writing about:

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Where else can one person make so many mistakes in front of so many people and get paid for it?

When right is wrong, what is left?

I’m trying to take a charitable view of this mix-up on Yahoo! Style:

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Maybe the editor who wrote that caption has dyslexia and can’t tell right from left.

Did I mention the front of Megyn Kelly’s dress?

It looks like the writer for Yahoo! Style was so impressed by the front of Megyn Kelly’s dress that she wrote about it twice:

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What color is the roof of Carrie Underwood’s mouth?

I’m sure you’re like millions of other fans of country music star Carrie Underwood, wondering what the roof of her mouth looks like. Now, an editor at Yahoo! Style reveals the secret: It’s pastel!

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Coincidentally, the dress Ms. Underwood wore was also in a pastel color palette.

Whoever did it should be embarrassed

There’s a dearth of competent editors over at Yahoo! Sports. Heck, there may be no editors at the website because any editor would know that the nominative case he is wrong following a preposition like between:

between he 1

Any editor would know that there’s a word missing in what should be a couple of years:

between he 2

And why can’t the writer and/or editor choose correct pronouns? The pronoun whomever is the objective case of whoever, which is the word the writer should have used since it’s the subject of the sentence.

Whoever wrote or edited this article should be embarrassed.

The wrong effect

If you learned that affect is a verb and effect is a noun, you learned only part of the lesson about these two often-confused words. The writer for Yahoo! Sports probably learned that partial lesson, too, because she’s a little confused:

affect change mlb

To affect change means to have an effect on change. If you mean “bring about change,” use effect. As a verb effect means “bring about, make happen, or cause.” It’s often used in expressions like “effect a cure” or “effect change.”

Neither is correct

In this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports, neither or nor are is correct:

neither or are mlb

The correlative conjunction pair is neither…nor, not neither…or. And when neither…nor joins two nouns as the subject of a sentence, the verb (which should be is denying) must agree with the noun closer to it (which is Gordon).

This isn’t baseball

Well, at least the editors at Yahoo! Movies managed to get one possessive form right in this headline:

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If this were baseball they’d be batting .500.

An adaptation of adaptation

It looks like someone at yahoo.com made an adaptation of adaptation, or just chose to use the less common adaption:

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Some dictionaries don’t recognize adaption as a legitimate word. Others cite adaption as a variation of the preferred adaptation. Are they both correct? According to Grammarist:

 … the longer word, adaptation, is preferred by most publications and is much more common. Adaption is not completely absent, but it usually gives way to the longer form in edited writing. 

Aha! The word adaptation is the preferred option in edited writing. That explains why adaption appears on Yahoo!.

Editing and proofreading are the perfect combination

Editing and proofreading are the perfect combination to avoid the kind of grammatical error like this one from Yahoo! Style:

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