Writer under fire

Sometimes it’s not the Yahoo! Finance writers that are under fire — but sometimes it is. Take this example of nonsense, which seems to indicate that the writer thinks “under fire” is somehow different from being a target:

under fire

I’d be pissed, too!

I’d be pissed, too if a video of my husband (drunk or not) removing my garter belt went viral. So after reading this on Yahoo! Style, who could blame the bride for suing the videographer?

garter belt wend

Most brides wear a garter on their wedding day. It’s worn on the thigh and looks kind of like this:

garter blue

A garter belt is an actual belt, worn around (or just below) the waist, like this:

garter belt pic 2

I don’t know why the groom was going after that particular garment, exposing more of his bride than modesty permits. Oh, wait! I do know why! He wasn’t trying to remove a garter belt, just a garter. Once again I’ve been duped by a dope who knows nothing of women’s undergarments.

Not a high school graduate?

Doesn’t every high school graduate know that the pronoun who refers to human beings? Apparently not. There must be colleges that accept applicants who don’t know that and at least one editor at yahoo.com who’s unaware of the rule:

fp colleges who

Is Yahoo anti-Republican?

Is this a political statement from the editors at yahoo.com? Are they so anti-Republican that they won’t even recognize the party as a proper noun?

fp republican lc

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.

Two Trinas?

Are there really two women named Trina who share their weight-loss stories on Yahoo! Beauty?

cosland bea

Or did someone at Yahoo! forget to proofread?

Your dont have an editor

If you’re trying to make a list of investment on Yahoo! Finance, you might reconsider using that site after encountering this message:

your dont fin

To Yahoo! Finance staff: You don’t have any editors do you?

Talk about abrupt!

If there’s anything in this world that is abrupt, it’s this sentence on yahoo.com:

fo abrupt of

I think it’s like the word game Mad Libs, except readers are supposed to supply the missing word or words. So, gimme a noun and we’ll plug it into “the abrupt noun of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.”

Capital punishment

Stop. comparing. me. to. an. editor.

That could have been written by the editor at yahoo.com who isn’t clear when to capitalize mother:

fp my mother

Here’s a hint: Don’t capitalize mother, father, sister, and the like if the word is preceded by an adjective. So, it’s my mother, a great father, my mean-girl sister.

Once is a typo

If you transpose two digits when you’re typing a date, that could just be a typo. But if you do it twice, as this Yahoo! Style writer did, does it indicate something more serious?

1986 sty

The first modern Olympics was in 1896 in Greece. At least the writer got half of that right.

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