Yahoo clinches worst headline of the day

Yahoo! Sports clinches the title for worst headline of the day with this mismatch of a singular subject and a plural verb:

clinch-spo-hp

Clippin’ the Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are a professional basketball team. Their home court is in Los b, according to Yahoo! Sports:

los-b-spo

There’s another team with the same name, but it’s located in Los Angeles, which isn’t anywhere near Los b.

Once is a typo

When I read this on the Yahoo! Sports home page, I was sure it was a typo because every high school graduate knows how to spell Philippines, right?

phillipines-spo-hp

Wrong. Here it is again, in a yuuuuge headline:

phillipines-box

What are the chances that the same typo would appear twice? Or three times?

phillipines-cap-spo

Once is a typo. Twice is a misspelling. Three times is an embarrassment.

How did you arrive at that word?

I’m wondering about the Yahoo! Sports editor and her arrival at this wording:

arrival to spo

The phrasal verb is arrive at and the noun phrase is arrival at.

Take a peek at this!

Take a peek at this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports:

peak your interest mlb

If that doesn’t pique your interest in learning about homophones, nothing will.

Almost right

Almost every reader of Yahoo! Sports would question this wording, wouldn’t they?

most every nba

It struck me as just plain wrong to use most instead of almost. But apparently some authorities consider it acceptable in informal speech, but advise against using it in formal writing. And almost all of them also add: It’s best to use almost, rather than most, in similar situations, like almost everyone, almost everybody, almost everything.

Buster Posey, scrappy player

Buster Posey may be a scrappy baseball player, but I think the writer for Yahoo! Sports should scrap this word and use scraped instead:

scrapped

Troops of athletes?

A regiment of athletes is a large group. According to Yahoo! Sports the regiment may be following a regimen of a procedure called cupping:

regiment spo

At least, I think that’s what the writer meant.

This is where I stopped reading

This is where I stopped reading a certain article on Yahoo! Sports:

where mlb

Each of these is wrong

What do these sentences have in common?

  • No misspelling ever appears on Yahoo!.
  • Articles written by Yahoo! staffers are grammatically correct.
  • Yahoo! articles are always accurate.

Each one of these sentences is wrong — just like this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports, where the writer can’t match the verb (which should be is) to the singular subject:

each are spo

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