Has Yahoo! News announced a new game: Word War Two?
It sounds like a variation of Words with Friends, except with enemies.
The editor for Yahoo! News must have read this and treated the verb was as if it were correct:
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.
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:
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).
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:
and the Texas governor:
That’s Governor Christie and Governor Abbott. The title is capitalized only when it immediately precedes the name of the officeholder.
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:
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.
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:
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.
Imagine a news site that manages to make three mistakes in a single sub-headline:
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.