Breaking up a fistfight, again

For a brief time, yahoo.com returned to its previous incarnation, with more words for the editors to screw up. They still don’t know how to spell fistfight:

fp fist fight 2

They’ve also left me wondering how a plane landed on flight 2598. That must have been tricky. Unless the editor meant it was an unplanned landing of flight 2598.

Breaking up a fistfight

The new face on yahoo.com provides less space for the editors to screw up. But they still manage to do it, this time breaking up fistfight:

fp fist fight

Fewer words, more screw-ups

Yahoo! just revealed a redesign of yahoo.com, and it’s really, really ugly. But, there are much fewer words on the page written by Yahoo! staffers, and that’s a good thing. But, there’s enough words for them to screw up, and that’s not a good thing:

fp twiiter

Dumbest statement of the day

Today’s really dumb statement comes to you courtesy of the brain trust that is the Yahoo! front page:

fp nearly 3 yrs

I don’t need to explain the monumental stupidity of that statement to my readers. But for the benefit of the writers and editors at Yahoo!, let me explain: It is 2016; 2012 was more than three years ago. Perhaps you don’t understand that nearly doesn’t mean “more than”; it means “almost, but not quite.”

What does this say tell you about yahoo.com?

What does this say about yahoo.com’s commitment to excellence:

fp say tell

It tells me it doesn’t exist.

Is it news to you?

Did the writers and editors at yahoo.com overlook the fact that someday they might have to write about New York City and that they might want to abbreviate the city’s name? Yup. I know that because they can’t agree on how to do it. Somebody thought it needed periods:

fp nyc p

and somebody else thought, uh, no. No periods:

fp nyc no p

That’s kinda embarrassing. Or at least it would be embarrassing to a real news outlet that carried about things like consistency and that had and followed a style guide.

Not a painstaking effort

The editor for yahoo.com didn’t make a painstaking effort to use the right word here:

fp painstaking

I’ve never seen painstaking used incorrectly, but if someone was going to do it, it would be a Yahoo! staffer. Apparently the writer thinks it means arduous or difficult or filled with pain. It does not. It means showing great care. According to the American Heritage Dictionary:

Painstaking is a compound of pains and taking, though it often sounds as if it were made from pain and staking. A painstaking effort is one in which someone takes pains to do something right. The word is sometimes used to mean “arduous” or “difficult,” almost as if it meant “painful,” but this usage is widely considered to be a mistake. In our 2008 survey, 74 percent of the Usage Panel rejected the sentence Traveling by bus through such a huge country was a painstaking ordeal.

Peyton oudueling Brady

You read it here first. Or, like me, you read it on yahoo.com and got a good laugh:

fp oudueling

So, how was the food?

Hmmm. Yummmm. Restaurants good enough to eat. I can only imagine that they must be made of gingerbread. But I do wonder: How is the food in these restaurants that yahoo.com calls delicious?

fp delish rest

If only there was a way…

If only there was a way to see the actual name of a restaurant, like Peter Luger. I think if the editors for yahoo.com had a picture of a menu from that restaurant, perhaps maybe perchance they might possibly be able to spell the name correctly:

fp lugers

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