That’s my word and I’m stickin’ with it

In an age when writers — even professional writers like those at Yahoo! Makers — don’t know much about the language they’re writing in, you’re bound to find an incorrect word:

in an age where 1

The writer is so fond of the word where to refer to time (instead of when), she repeats:

in an age where 2

She may not be the most careful writer, but ya’ gotta give her credit for persistence.

Would that be Curt Schilling?

What the heck does schilling out mean? Nothing, since schilling isn’t a word (unless the writer for Yahoo! Style is making an oblique reference to baseball great Curt Schilling, in which case it means less than nothing).

schilling sty

Perhaps this is a misspelling of the verb shilling, which would mean promoting a product in a deceitful way. But what would shilling out mean? Nothing. It’s complete nonsense.

Maybe the writer means shelling out which would mean paying or handing over. That might make sense. So, not only did the writer use the wrong word, but she also misspelled it. I think.

Million-dollar painted

What do the writers and editors at Yahoo! Makers make? Mistakes:

painted diy hp

If you’re wondering what painted object could be worth a million dollars, you’re not alone. The million-dollar object is a painting.

Soon-to-be-edited article

Ha-ha! I kid. I am a kidder. This article from Yahoo! Style about an engaged woman isn’t going to be edited (or maybe it has been edited. Scary thought, no?):

betrothed sty

The writer seems to think that betrothed means married. It doesn’t. It means engaged.

Can you vote for ‘top snubs’?

I’m so confused by this sentence on the Yahoo! front page. What the heck would I be voting for?

fp snubs who

It took me a few readings to realize that snub was used as a noun and that the writer thinks it means someone who is he victim of a slight. It’s an original definition of the word. So, if I vote for my “top snubs,” then I’m not snubbing the baseball players, am I? What the heck does this all mean?

Will this produce reader pushback?

Readers of might consider a little pushback when it comes to the Internet giant’s policy of refusing to proofread or edit its content. Maybe then it would eliminate repeated words and arbitrary hyphens in words like pushback:

fp push-back 2

But is pushback, even if spelled correctly, the right word? Probably not. It means a resistance or opposition to something, like a policy, plan, or strategy. What Macy’s is doing competing with Amazon or responding to Amazon.

A terse comment

I’m going to make a terse comment about this photo caption on Yahoo! Style: It sucks.

terse sty

There. That’s terse. It’s brief, concise, and to the point. I have no idea what the writer thinks terse means, but it doesn’t mean whatever she thinks it means.

Notorious, heinous pancake maker?

How the heck does a pancake maker get such a horrible reputation? What did it do to the pancakes? Torch them? Well, truth is, the pancake maker actually makes good pancakes. So why didn’t the writer for Yahoo! Travel call it “infamous”?

infamous tra hp

Because he or she is an idiot when it comes to basic English. But, it’s not surprising that yet another writer for Yahoo! has used infamous to mean famous. This just appeared on Yahoo!, too:

infamous par

That little insult to Princess Diana was written by the editorial director for Yahoo! Parenting. What can you expect from Yahoo! when its writers and editors are so ignorant?

Infamous writing

Once again a Yahoo! writer shows his ignorance of the English language by using the word infamous as if it were a synonym for famous. It is not. Here’s what the Yahoo! Travel writer said:

infamous tra

That Sunday brunch would be infamous if it had poisoned of hundreds of patrons, maybe even causing a few deaths. It would be infamous if it were the site of a mass murder perpetrated by the wait staff. To be infamous, it must have an exceedingly bad reputation; it must be notorious or been involved in a heinous crime. I don’t recall that being the case. But I could be wrong.

Did you draw a blank?

Did the writer for Yahoo! Makers draw a blank when trying to write about that thing in a bureau that slides in and out and that is used for storage?

draw diy

It’s called a drawer. If you’re from Boston, like me, you may pronounce it draw, but you spell it with that -ER at the end. But that’s the least of this writer’s problems. She just doesn’t know how to form the plural of a noun, insisting on including an apostrophe:

draw kitchens apost diy

She makes a common, everyday mistake with this spelling:

draw everyday

It wouldn’t surprise me if she spelled it that way every day, ’cause here it is again:

draw everyday 2

If the first one is a typo, then the second one is a misspelling. But I’ll concede that this is a typo that even a spell-checker wouldn’t spot (but a competent editor would):

draw if

Here’s a creative spelling of bathroom and a mysterious sparklingly where sparkling would do:

draw bath room

How many more mistakes can one writer make in one article? At least one more, although this may constitute two:

draw like was

I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean. I wish Yahoo had writers who could write and editors who could edit; it makes life way easier for readers.


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