On one of the most visited sites in the world, an Olympic error:
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 yahoo.com:
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…
Are the folks who write for yahoo.com 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.
And you thought that William Christopher’s character on M*A*S*H was Father Mulcahy? That really was not the character’s name, according to the Einsteins at yahoo.com:
Why did the editors think that the name required quotation marks except to indicate it was the character’s so-called name? I guess if they were writing about characters in a Shakespearean play they’d refer to “Romeo” and “Juliet.” And they’d be wrong about that, too.
“Based on a true story?” That’s the question that yahoo.com asks:
Of course, that makes no sense, because the entire headline is actually the question. For some reason the editor made a common mistake (at least it’s common on Yahoo!) by placing the question mark before the closing quotation mark. In the U.S., a comma and period go before a closing quotation mark; a semicolon and colon go after. If you’re looking to place a question mark, put it before the closing quote only if the entire text inside the quotation marks is a question. Otherwise, it goes after the closing quote mark.