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:

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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:

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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.

Prose, poetry. It’s all the same

Once again the writers and editors at Yahoo! have shocked me with their limited vocabulary and their incorrect use of common words. This time it’s in a headline at Yahoo! News, where the writer thinks that a poetry festival is about celebrating the West with prose:

prose news

Where did the writer get the idea that prose and poetry are synonymous? They are not. Prose is ordinary, commonplace, non-rhyming, non-metrical speech or writing. Just like that headline.

Lindsey Graham and Jeb Bush: Separated at birth?

Golly, Sen. Lindsey Graham sure looks like Jeb Bush in this photo on Yahoo! News:

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They could be twins! They look so much alike that I thought that was a picture of Gov. Bush speaking in San Francisco last week. Maybe all Republicans look alike. At least to Yahoo! News staff.

Knowledge of geography optional

You’re probably familiar with Nice, the city in France. Did you know there’s another city called Nice, on the southeast coast of the Mediterranean Sea. I guess that would put it somewhere in Egypt:

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Of course, it’s possible that the writer for Yahoo! News meant the French city. That would be on the southeast coast of France, on the Mediterranean Sea.

Please alter two words

To the people at Yahoo! News:

Please alter two words here: alter should be altar and finace should be fiance. Thank you.

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Other than the mistakes, it’s perfect

Imagine a news site that manages to make three mistakes in a single sub-headline:

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It kinda gives you lots of confidence in the accuracy of the article on Yahoo! News, doesn’t it? The writer misspelled threats, capitalized two (even though it wasn’t at the start of the sentence), and messed up Rafael Ramos’ name. But other than that, the sub-head is perfect.

If only there were a way…

If only there were a way for a writer to look up the correct spelling of a product. I’m thinkin’ maybe if the writer for Yahoo! News had a picture of Hellmann’s mayonnaise, this misspelling might not have happened:

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Besieged by misspellings

Sometimes it seems like readers are besieged by misspellings and typos on Yahoo!. And there’s no reason for the kind of mistakes we all find on the Yahoo! front page:

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and Yahoo! News:

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If the writers and editors refuse to use a spell-checker or a dictionary, then maybe they should just stick to easier words, like attack. I don’t think they can mess that up.

Blogger lets loose

If I were the type to let loose on Yahoo! News whenever I spotted a mistake on the site, I’d be in a constant state of  snark. So, I’m not going to chastise the brainiacs who don’t know to capitalize Senate when it refers to the U.S. legislative body:

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