It took me less than 2 seconds…

It took me less than 2 seconds to spot this error on Yahoo! Style:

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Lots of people know that when you’re talking about countable things, you use fewer and not less: We’d like to see fewer grammatical errors and less pretentious writing. But fewer people know there are exceptions to that rule. If you’re writing about time, money, distance, or weight, the correct word is less, not fewer: less than $100, less than 3 miles, less than 20 pounds, and less than 15 minutes.

Does it involve a time machine?

If the current Mrs. Trump is like the first ladies to come before her, does that mean that in the future there will be first ladies who were first ladies in the past before the current first lady of the present?

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I’m so confused. Why didn’t the Yahoo! Style writer just say, “Like the first ladies who came before her”? Or just, “Like the first ladies before her”? Or, “Like other first ladies” since all other first ladies came before the current Mrs. Trump? Unless she means the future first ladies from the past. That would involve a DeLorean and Doc Brown.

At the risk of adding fuel to the fire…

If there’s a raging war about writing, you can bet I’ll be adding fuel to the fire, fighting for grammar, spelling, and the genitive case. I will not be adding fumes because that makes no sense. And neither does this gem from Yahoo! Beauty:

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Maybe we should ask for a translation

I’m thinkin’ that this caption on Yahoo! Style is probably in English, but I’m not sure. I’m going to ask Google to give me a translation (and maybe add some punctuation).

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Ultimately choose the wrong word

I was going to hold a contest for the worst word usage on Yahoo! Style and ultimately choose the winner via a social media vote.

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But how in the world could I narrow the list of wrong words to a manageable number of nominees? There are just too many.

I was stopped in my tracks

This little sentence from Yahoo! Style stopped me in my tracks:

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What the heck did the writer really mean? Stopped traffic? Stopped trucks? Stopped tricks?

I almost had a stroke

I almost had a stroke when I read this on Yahoo! Style:

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Did the writer really think that the past tense of strike was stroke? I’d say that she struck out with that word choice.

Interesting albeit wrong

Here’s an interesting use of a word on Yahoo! Style, albeit “interesting” is just a euphemism for “wrong”:

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I don’t know if the writer is unaware that albeit means “although” or if she just dozed off before finishing that sentence.

Keep it intact

It’s in the Yahoo! Style writer’s best interest to learn to use the correct words in common idioms and to keep words intact:

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Trudging and plodding along

Was the Yahoo! Style trying to be clever with a mashup of trudging and plodding to come up with this non-word?

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Or did she (and her editor) really think that’s a word? Well, it’s not.

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