Sometimes it’s not the Yahoo! Finance writers that are under fire — but sometimes it is. Take this example of nonsense, which seems to indicate that the writer thinks “under fire” is somehow different from being a target:
I’d be pissed, too if a video of my husband (drunk or not) removing my garter belt went viral. So after reading this on Yahoo! Style, who could blame the bride for suing the videographer?
Most brides wear a garter on their wedding day. It’s worn on the thigh and looks kind of like this:
A garter belt is an actual belt, worn around (or just below) the waist, like this:
I don’t know why the groom was going after that particular garment, exposing more of his bride than modesty permits. Oh, wait! I do know why! He wasn’t trying to remove a garter belt, just a garter. Once again I’ve been duped by a dope who knows nothing of women’s undergarments.
Almost every reader of Yahoo! Sports would question this wording, wouldn’t they?
It struck me as just plain wrong to use most instead of almost. But apparently some authorities consider it acceptable in informal speech, but advise against using it in formal writing. And almost all of them also add: It’s best to use almost, rather than most, in similar situations, like almost everyone, almost everybody, almost everything.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall when a student made a formal request of a dress code. What could she ask for? What did the dress code say? And why am I talking about this? Because I read this on Yahoo! Style:
This is yet another case of an editor with a vocabulary deficit. She clearly has no idea what petition means and how to use it. As a verb petition means to ask for (by a petition) or to make a request. Maybe the student petitioned the school administration concerning the dress code. Maybe the student opposed the school dress code. Maybe the writer would learn some basic English.
Day after day I encounter the most unusual word choices on Yahoo!. In just the last few days, I’ve noticed that Yahoo! scribes don’t know the difference between a debriefing and a debunking, a degree and a diploma, and a regimen and a regiment. Now, a vocabulary-challenged writer for Yahoo! Style adds more examples. It seems that she thinks one ascribes to a style, rather than subscribing to one:
And she clearly overlooked the fact that buzzword contains the word word for reason: A buzzword is a word or phrase — not a trend:
I suppose that for those writers with a limited or faulty vocabulary, a job at Yahoo! is a godsend. So, there’s that.
This is kinda the mother of all bad word choices on Yahoo! Style:
That couldn’t be further from the correct words.
UPDATE: After I took that screen-grab, the paragraph was changed, presumably by an editor. To the editor’s credit, an incorrect pronoun was changed (from their to its) and a hyphen was added to photo-altering. And the father than the truth got a little closer to correct, though it’s still wrong:
If you mean a physical distance, then farther is correct; for a metaphorical distance, the correct word is further.
I’m guessin’ this writer for Yahoo! Finance isn’t a college graduate, and maybe isn’t a high school graduate. I wasn’t sure when I read this teaser:
But then I read the article, and here’s that claim again:
If you graduated from high school, didn’t you get a diploma? But did you get a degree, as well? Uh, no. Colleges and universities grant degrees; high schools issue diplomas.