Yahoo! is streaming the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, so you’d think it could get the name of its CEO right. But nooooo. The folks at yahoo.com just can’t tell the difference between a serve-yourself meal and Warren Buffett:
It looks like someone at yahoo.com made an adaptation of adaptation, or just chose to use the less common adaption:
Some dictionaries don’t recognize adaption as a legitimate word. Others cite adaption as a variation of the preferred adaptation. Are they both correct? According to Grammarist:
… the longer word, adaptation, is preferred by most publications and is much more common. Adaption is not completely absent, but it usually gives way to the longer form in edited writing.
Aha! The word adaptation is the preferred option in edited writing. That explains why adaption appears on Yahoo!.
After after spotting the repeated word on yahoo.com, I noticed the picture of Queen Elizabeth surrounded by children:
And then I read the caption and was shocked. Did no one at Yahoo! notice that the children in the picture are far too young to be the queen’s grandchildren? Did no one realize they are the queen’s great-grandchildren?
Do you think the editors at yahoo.com were banking on their readers’ ignorance when they wrote this?
The expression that means “rely or depend on” is bank on. It is not simply bank. And adding the word on to that sentence just won’t cut it. It needs to be rewritten to be grammatically correct.
When asked why they put quotation marks around a character’s name and why they thought “details are mum” made sense, the editors at yahoo.com are mum:
If the name of the movie Mr. Affleck will direct is “Batman,” then it deserves quotation marks. But it’s not. That’s the name of the character that will be central to a movie. Character names don’t get special treatment. You wouldn’t write about “Romeo” and “Juliet” would you? (Well, if you’re a Yahoo! editor you might, but the rest of the English-speaking world wouldn’t.) And why tell us that “details are mum”? Because aren’t details always silent? Perhaps it was the producer who is mum and details are missing or nonexistent.