Whoa is me!

Whoa! Where did the editors at Yahoo! Celebrity get the idea that this is correct?!

It’s not the accent per se . . .

It’s not the spelling per se that’s horrible on Yahoo! Style:

It’s the accent over the E. Why the writer thought that was necessary is beyond me. Maybe if the writer had spent less time on creating a French-inspired per se and more time proofreading, she would have noticed the typo.

A blend of old and new

Here’s a blend of old and new on Yahoo! Style:

Using the wrong word is an old error on Yahoo!, but using the expression blend between instead of blend of is a new error.

What rich people look like

Displaying a remarkable ability to tell a person’s financial worth by a mere picture, the writer for Yahoo! Style declares the cast of a Las Vegas show “well-heeled”:

Here’s the picture that led to that bit of wisdom:

Can you tell that they’re wealthy? Or would you use a different word to describe them? Maybe one that you actually know the meaning of and that actually applies to the picture. Then maybe you can tell the writer that well-heeled means prosperous or wealthy.

Not a high school graduate?

I’m questioning this Yahoo! Style writer’s education. Do you think he graduated from high school? I’d expect that someone with a high school diploma (or even a GED) would know that you can’t graduate high school, or college, or even kindergarten.

Students graduate from school; schools graduate students.

Not a single reader supports this

Not a single writer or editor (except those working for Yahoo! Finance) supports the use of a plural verb (like support) with a singular noun (like, oh, say, maybe member):

Blades schmades

You might call them shoulders, but to this Yahoo! Style writer, they’re shoulder blades:

Here’s that suit with its “aggressive shoulder blades”:

Those are some shoulder pads! One might even call them “aggressive.” Perhaps that’s what this writer, with her ignorance on basic human anatomy, meant.

No access to Google?

Apparently Yahoo! Style writers have no access to the Internet and search engines, so they’re reliant on their memories when they write. Unfortunately, some have a rather faulty memory:

The former Kate Middleton is really Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

No clue. No clue at all

I know this teaser on the home page of Yahoo! Finance is wrong, but I have no clue how to make it right:

Donald Trump lead makes no sense to me, even if the editor had used the correct past tense of lead, which is led. Is there a word or two missing? Should this be: Donald Trump’s election led …? Who knows!?

Also, who knows why the editor chose to use data as a plural noun. Although data can be used with either a singular or a plural verb, except in the most technical cases, it’s treated as a singular noun denoting a mass quantity. Anyone Googling the word would see that recent data shows it’s most often used with a singular verb.

Left to her own devices

Without benefit of a competent editor, the Yahoo! Style writer was left to her own devices. So she came up with a statement that’s just not right:

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