Your attendance at an English class is recommended

Attendance at an English class is recommended for this Yahoo! Style, who has a little problem with a little word:


How many daughters are the Obamas hiding?

President and Mrs. Obama admit to having two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Is there a third daughter hidden away in the White House attic? That’s what I’m wondering after reading this on


If the president has only two daughters, then Sasha would be the younger of the two. But the word youngest implies he has at least three. Where is the third? And why is he hiding her? This is how rumors (and hoaxes) get started…

A daughter and their dorms

When writers drop their article off at their editor’s desk, the last thing they want to think about is the likelihood of its containing grammatical errors. At least one Yahoo! Beauty didn’t think about grammar (or her reader) when she wrote this:


According to that excerpt, parents — not the daughter — are the ones living at dorms — not a dorm. It takes a special kind of determined reader (like moi) to try to decipher that sentence and ascertain what caused the train wreck. It’s pretty simple: the wrong pronoun (it should be her, not their) and a wrong plural (it should be dorm).

My memory’s not that good

This excerpt should have been written in memory of the English language, which seems to have died at Yahoo! Style:


Not a real reporter?

Are the folks who write for real reporters or former journalists? Looking at this, I’d say no:


Mistakes like that are underreported in blogs about writing and grammar. That’s why I’m here: To let folks know that undercovered is not a word. The word is underreported. I’d think that a real journalist would know that.

Kate Beckinsale is in favor

Kate Beckinsale is in good graces, but the writer for Yahoo! Style doesn’t tell us with whom:


If you can decipher the rest of the sentence you might conclude that Ms. Beckinsale is actually in good company. The writer of this article isn’t exactly in good graces with readers, but she is in good company at Yahoo!. If not good company, then at least lots of company. Writers at the Internet giant use words incorrectly every day (or everyday, as they would write).

Criticism is warranted, but the bride isn’t

If there’s an editorial equivalent of a bridezilla, I’m probably it. The title would be warranted. But I wouldn’t be. Likewise, criticism of this word choice by a Yahoo! Style writer is warranted:


The bride might be justified, the title might be warranted, her actions might be warranted. But could the bride be warranted? Not so much.

I hate the verbification of nouns

Am I the only one who thinks that an editor who uses a noun as a verb is guilty of an inability to think of an appropriate word?


The genius editors at Yahoo! TV couldn’t come up with remembered, lauded, honored, extolled, admired, celebrated, or adored. So they made tribute, which is strictly a noun, a verb.

His influence is not to be overlooked

According to a certain Yahoo! Style writer, George Michael’s influence on fashion and style are not to be overlooked:


Apparently to the writer (and her editor), though, think it’s OK to overlook grammar — like matching a subject (say, influence) with a correct verb (let’s just say it ain’t are). In its stead, the writer should have used is. And in staid‘s stead, she should have used stead.

All good things come to an end

All good things come to an end, and in this excerpt from Yahoo! Style that end starts with the fourth word:


Why couldn’t the writer match the verb to the subject? Probably for the same reason she thought “our dream” was a substitute for “our dreams.”

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