Was that the Sahara?

What desert has its own holiday? The Gobi? The Sahara? The Mojave? Yahoo! News doesn’t tell us, just teases with this hint of a desert:

desert news

Ms. Hoskins seems to think it’s National Pie Day, which makes no sense since pie is a dessert.

Sharpening your whistle

I’m trying to imagine how you whet your whistle, as described on Yahoo! News:

whet whistle news

The only thing I can come up with is a wooden whistle being sharpened to a point by a whittler. That would be whetting a whistle. But if the writer meant “take a drink,” then that’s “wet your whistle,” where whistle refers to your mouth.

Looking for an authoritative source for news?

If you’re looking for an authoritative source for news on the Internet,  check out Yahoo! News, where the information is at least comprehensive, if not timely or accurate:

resign news

Yahoo! is on top of breaking news, reporting that Ms. Archuleta will not resign, will resign, and has resigned simultaneously. Just another great bit of journalism from Yahoo! News.

Is that the only way?

There must be another way to test the Yahoo! News page. Today the results of testing were exposed to millions of readers:

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Yesterday saw more testing in public view:

test test news

I suppose it’s a good thing. Yahoo! seems to be trying to make sure its content is displayed correctly. Now if it would show some concern about the quality of that content…

Maybe Siri knows

Does anyone know why the editors at Yahoo! News put an apostrophe in the name of a conference that doesn’t have one?

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Those sticklers for accuracy were so sure that the apostrophe belongs there, they included in a headline, too:

developers apos news

But that’s not all. You’d expect the editors at Yahoo! Tech would be a little more attuned to the spelling, but no, they’ve made the same mistake:

developers apos tek

Someone should teach those News and Tech folks how to do a Google search. Or maybe they could just ask Siri.

A new Words with Friends?

Has Yahoo! News announced a new game: Word War Two?

word war news

It sounds like a variation of Words with Friends, except with enemies.

Writing as if it were correct

The editor for Yahoo! News must have read this and treated the verb was as if it were correct:

was confetti

It is not. The statement of something that is not factual requires the subjunctive mood. For the verb to be, the past subjunctive is were, regardless of the number or person of the subject. So, he tossed money around as if it were confetti. I wish I were reading the correct verb.

Was that the Sahara or the Gobi?

What desert could a baker make into the shape of a book?

desert news

Is it possible that the Yahoo! News writer meant dessert? As I learned from Miss Sampson in third grade: Dessert has two S’s because you want more dessert. I wonder what this writer learned in third grade.

Jeb Bush moves into the Fla. state capitol building

When did that happen? When did the former governor of Florida move into the state’s capitol building? Maybe the folks at Yahoo! News, who broke the story, can tell us:

capitol news

It’s more likely they can tell us how they can confuse capitol (which is a building and only a building) with capital (which is a city that is the seat of government).

It’s the New Jersey and Texas governors

Yahoo! News gives us this governor — except that the editors think that the word is Governor, with a great, big G. There’s the New Jersey governor:

governor cap news 4

and the Texas governor:

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That’s Governor Christie and Governor Abbott. The title is capitalized only when it immediately precedes the name of the officeholder.


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