I’m soooo confused

Sometimes I’ll read a sentence on Yahoo! and there’s numbers in the sentence, and I try to do a little first-grade arithmetic (cuz I don’t trust Yahoo! writers’ numerical abilities), and I wind up with a headache. This is one of those times. After reading this on Yahoo! Celebrity, I’m very confused (and in need of a Tylenol):

I guess Mr. Pitt and Ms. Jolie have been together for 12 years. But they’ve been married for two more? I’m so confused. Have they been married two more years than they’ve been together? Like, 14 years of matrimony? Is that even possible? Maybe they got married by proxy two years before they actually met. Or maybe the writer is a tad confused and meant they “had been together for 12 years and married for two.”

Close enough

Don’t expect these folks to do actual research. A simple Google search is too much of a bother for the writers and editors at Yahoo! Celebrity. They’re happy letting us know that Taylor Swift’s estate is “near Rhode Island”:

So, it might be in Massachusetts or Connecticut or even Narragansett Bay. Real journalists would take the time to learn that Watch Hill, the location of Ms. Swift’s mansion, is in Rhode Island. I’d say that’s pretty “near.”

Neither or nor have is correct

From Yahoo! Celebrity, two gaffes for the price of one:

Neither or nor the verb have responded is correct. The partner of neither is nor, not or. And when a compound subject is joined by the correlative conjunction neither…nor, the verb must agree with the subject closer to it. So, the verb should be has responded.

The ghost of Audrey Hepburn

Many people say Audrey Hepburn was an angelic actress of heavenly beauty. They may be correct — literally. According to Yahoo! Celebrity after her death, Audrey Hepburn worked for UNICEF:

More fake news?

Is this “news” from Yahoo! Celebrity as fake as the spelling of Bryan Tanaka’s name?

Whoa is me!

Whoa! Where did the editors at Yahoo! Celebrity get the idea that this is correct?!

Someone should get a long sentence for that Clause

It’s off to the grammar slammer for the Yahoo! Celebrity writer responsible for this clumsy Clause:

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Writer and editor has a problem

This Yahoo! Celebrity writer and his/her editor have a problem with grammar — specifically, matching a verb to its subject:

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That just won’t cut it

If you’re thinking of creating a hip street-style look by cutting up a T-shirt, don’t try using sheers, even if this Yahoo! Celebrity writer thinks they’ll do the job:

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This is what is referred to as sheers:

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You might want to try these:

shears

That’s a pair of scissors, AKA shears.

Not a good place for this

The home page of Yahoo! Celebrity is not a good place to misspell Joe Giudice’s name:

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