How heavy was the line?

Towing a line involves pulling it behind you. If it was fishing line, it probably is an easy task, though it makes no sense in the context of this Yahoo! Style article:

towed the line sty

If the writer meant that Ms. Miller’s toes were touching the line, then she was towing it, she was toeing it.

Paired up with the wrong word

Maybe if the writer for Yahoo! Style tried to pare down her use erroneous words she wouldn’t be making these mistakes:

paired down sty

You can pair up items of clothing and you can pair up two words to make the correctly spelled grownup. You just can’t pair down anything.

Nothing could be further from correct

Using farther couldn’t have been further from correct on Yahoo! Style:

farther cel

Unless the distance from the truth is measurable, the correct word is further. Need further explanation? See the American Heritage Dictionary.

Some really flaky spelling

Everybody loves a well-written article, but don’t go looking for one on Yahoo! Makers. This writer must have had loaves on the brain when she wrote this:

loaves diy

She manages to use the preferred spelling flaky once, but chooses an alternate spelling just a few words later. But she goes completely off the rails with her use of the plural pronouns them and they, which are lacking an antecedent. If she had written about biscuits, and not a biscuit, they’d be okie-dokie. But she didn’t. Boo.

‘Tis wrong

Why are apostrophes so difficult for some people? I don’t get it, ’cause I think they’re pretty simple to use. You know that an apostrophe can be used in contractions to signal the omission of a letter, such as isn’t (for is not) and don’t (for do not). They’re sometimes used at the beginning or end of a word to indicate a letter that’s been dropped off, if you’re followin’ me. So what letter did the writer for Yahoo! News think was omitted from tis’?

tis apos news

‘Tis clear to me that the writer doesn’t know that ’tis is a contraction of it is and that tis’ makes no sense.

That’s altogether different

Let’s say this all together now: If you mean “entirely, completely, utterly,” use altogether. If you read this on Yahoo! Makers, you know this is altogether wrong:

all together diy

What kind of flower do they use?

What kind of flower is used to make tortillas? Not roses or marigolds, neither of which has much nutritional value. We’d have to as the writer for Yahoo! Makers who has trouble with homophones as well as matching a verb to the singular subject neither:

flower totillas diy

Lady Gaga’s monster nickname

The folks over at the Yahoo! front page are so fond of Lady Gaga that they’ve given her a new pet name: Mama Monster.

fp mama monster

While the rest of the world knows her as Mother Monster, these writers and editors must enjoy a special close relationship to the singer to give her universally known nickname a nickname.

Your history makes you the wrong person to edit

The editors’ history makes them the wrong people to notice a mismatched subject and verb:

fp history make

Names are so hard

Why can’t the people who write for spell the names of celebrities? I guess it’s just too hard to Google Anna Dello Russo’s name to verify its spelling:

fp anna della russo

And how did they come up with this dog of a misspelling of Angela Bassett’s name — not just once, but twice?

fp basset

Names are just so hard to spell, aren’t they?


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