One detail has been overlooked

Oh, lordie. What can you say about the writer (and her editor) over at Yahoo! Style? They seemed to have overlooked one tiny detail in this sentence. And that detail is — “no detail has been left unturned” makes no sense! None! Not one iota of sense!

detail left unturned

Reader beware

Where the heck did the writer for Yahoo! Style get the idea that ware works here?

neck-ware diy

It looks like she doesn’t know there’s a perfectly acceptable word that fits: neckwear. It ends in wear, just like many other words referring to articles of clothing: footwear, menswear, swimwear, sportswear. The words that end in ware are a tad different: hardware, software, silverware.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we’re treated to the indecision of Yahoo! editors as to the correct spelling of air strike (or is it airstrike?):

fp airstrikes air strikes

The American Heritage Dictionary prefers airstrike, although air strike is also acceptable. So just pick one and go with it.

Take a picture of yourself

You don’t take a picture of you, you take a picture of yourself. Why? Because in a grammatically correct sentence, we use a reflexive pronoun (like yourself, herself, ourselves) when the pronoun refers to the subject of the sentence. In a grammatically incorrect sentence, such as this from the Yahoo! front page, anything goes:

fp photo of her

The editors should chastise themselves for not correcting that sentence: The “Glee” star paired a photo of herself and Ryan Dorsey with a graphic.

Celebrity in dispose

Have you ever seen a celebrity in dispose? Or in datpose? The writer for Yahoo! Style apparently has seen a celeb in dispose, but she’s not revealing what the heck that means!

in dispose sty

Do you think she meant indisposed? That would make the celeb mildly ill or averse to something. Kinda like how I feel when I read this sort of nonsense on Yahoo!.

You don’t know what that means, do you?

I’ve thought for some time now that Yahoo! Style employs children to do its writing. Or maybe the site sends all writing tasks overseas to third-world countries where English isn’t a first or even second language. After reading this, I’m convinced there’s a third option: Style uses children in third-world countries to do its writing:

nympho

Doesn’t every adult (and 95% of teens) living in the English-speaking world know that a nymphomaniac is a woman who engages in unrestrained sex? If so, how would you explain this error?

Guilty as charged

Those writers and editors at the Yahoo! front page should just plead guilty to crimes against the language with this attempt at “domestic violence charges”:

fp violent

No dissension here

There can be no dissension among readers of the Yahoo! front page: This is just another example of a misspelled word that could have been prevented by a spell-checker or competent proofreader:

fp dissention

Who wants to see Channing Tatum sh*t?

Don’t blame me. Blame the writer for Yahoo! Style for this tasteless suggestion about Channing Tatum:

shit

Illiterate in two languages

Is this a new strategy for the Yahoo! Style “editors”? Perhaps they’ve given up on mastering English vocabulary, so they’ve moved on to another language — French:

coup de grace sty

Their knowledge of French is no better than their knowledge of English. The expression coup de grâce is French for “stroke of mercy.” It refers to (literally and metaphorically) the deathblow that ends the pain of a mortally wounded victim.

I don’t think that winning “Woman of the Year” ended Taylor Swift’s misery. I don’t even know if Ms. Swift was in pain. But I do know that it will take competent writing and editing to end the misery of Style’s readers.

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