Please tell me that’s a typo

This must be a typo, right? No one thinks that the correct indefinite article before generous is an, right?

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A little mistake like that would go unnoticed except when it’s the first word of a teaser on the Yahoo! front page. Then, it’s just embarrassing.

How fast does the world travel?

The surface of the Earth at the equator moves at about 1,000 miles per hour. That’s fast. Is that the speed the writer at Yahoo! Style meant?

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Transforming Ben & Jerry’s flavor

A new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor has been transformed from a hope to save our “swirled” to a success story at the keyboard of a writer:

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That’s quite a change. When I sit here wondering how Yahoo!’s writers and editors can make so many mistakes every day, I’m reminded that they can’t even copy a word when it’s right in front of them. Why should I expect anything better from them?

If only it were that easy

Don’t believe everything you read on

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If talking about an experience could relieve a victim’s terror, then those who testified at James Holmes’ trial wouldn’t be reliving it. But that’s what they’re doing, according to the actual article. What a difference a little “typo” can make.

How to be an up-and-coming writer

Are you an up-and-coming writer? If so, don’t follow the example of this Yahoo! Beauty writer, who doesn’t know that upcoming means “occurring soon” and not “gaining prominence” (that would be up-and-coming):

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How many is too many?

How many mistakes are acceptable in a sentence? Zero? One? Two? Three? That’s what seems to be okie-dokie over at Yahoo! Style, where the writer misspelled French Riviera, used the wrong preposition in what should be arriving at, and banged out dressed instead of dress:

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In baseball, that would be three strikes, sending the batter to the dugout. I wonder where Yahoo! sends its writers who strike out. Oh, yeah. Yahoo! sends them to their next writing assignment.

The horizon is horizontal

This is Gigi Hadid.

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Now that I have your attention, please note the caption that accompanied that photo on Yahoo! Style:

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Is there anything “horizontal” about the cut-out in Ms. Hadid’s dress? Is there any way to tell the writer that horizontal is not the correct word? The writer meant vertical. Perhaps the writer can be reminded of the mnemonic device we learned in fourth grade: The horizon is horizontal.

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.

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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Was the other coke involved?

Was the editor involved with a little coke before writing this headline for

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Let’s see how long it takes the geniuses at Yahoo! to change that typo to Coca-Cola and to change infamous to famous. (Infamous is not a synonym for famous; it means notorious or well-known for a very, very bad reason.) Maybe they’ll also move that question mark so that it’s outside the quotation marks.


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