The series of mistake in Yahoo! News leaves me dumbfounded:
The word series is both singular and plural. If you’re referring to a single series, it’s singular and takes a singular verb like leaves.
Let’s take the charitable view and call this a typo on Yahoo! News:
Typo or egregious grammatical error? Doesn’t matter when it’s in a headline that big. It looks really bad.
I know that Donald Trump is a “birther” — someone who alleges that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States, in spite of enormous evidence to the contrary. Now it appears that according to Yahoo! News the Koch brothers are also birthers:
Or maybe not. When trying to decipher a typo, there’s always a chance of misinterpreting the writer’s intent.
Actually, this is the perfect time for discreet and the absolutely wrong time for discrete:
Unless the Yahoo! News writer meant the subject was looking for a psychiatrist in separate parts, she should have used discreet, which means “possessed of, exercising, or showing prudence and self-restraint in speech and behavior.”
Where have the editors at Yahoo! News been during the past decade? Didn’t they read about Osama bin Laden and absorb the correct capitalization of his name?
I guess it could be worse. At least they didn’t refer to him as Obama bin Laden this time.
You read it here first. Well, actually not here, but on Yahoo! News:
Senators Rubio and Cruz now have a single, joined “ground game battle” in Nevada for the presidential nomination. I guess they’ve joined forces to fight Trump’s, Kasich’s, and Carson’s run for the nomination.
It seems odd, doesn’t it? Why would they do that? Is it possible that Rubio and Cruz each have their own “ground game battle”? And is it possible that the Yahoo! editors don’t know that would be Rubio’s and Cruz’s ground game battles? Is it possible they don’t know that if something is owned by two people, only the last name gets the ‘S (like Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and Mom and Dad’s wedding)? But if it’s owned separately, each name must get the ‘S?