Worst place for a misspelling

It’s just not good journalism to misspell a subject’s name in a headline. But that’s what happened on Yahoo! Food:

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The TV personality is Tiffani Thiessen. At least the folks at Yahoo! spelled her first name correctly. There’s that.

Keep those chickens out!

If you’re concerned about chickens invading your favorite cafe, fear not! Yahoo! Food introduces you to cafe-free eggs, obviously laid by cafe-free hens:

cafe-free foo

Geographically challenged

You don’t need to be a genius to write for Yahoo! Finance, but having some basic knowledge might be helpful. It might behoove you to know where your company’s headquarters are located (hint: it’s the heart of Silicon Valley). And if you’re writing about a venue, it might be useful to know where it is, so you don’t make this mistake:

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Here’s a look at just a small part of Silicon Valley:

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Oh, look! There’s Levi’s Stadium, surrounded by high tech companies and just a few miles from Yahoo! headquarters. Why, it almost looks like it’s in Silicon Valley.

The kids are at the keyboard again

Wouldn’t it be great if Yahoo! Style hired writers who were old enough to vote? Maybe then they’d know a little more about the world and the people in it. Perhaps if this writer’s memory went back further than Blue Ivy’s birth, she’d be familiar with the “aquatic star” Esther Williams:

ethel wims sty

You be frank, I’ll be earnest

Frankly, I think this spelling of Ernest Hemingway on Yahoo! Travel is the product of a writer who is either careless or really careless:

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That’s altogether different

Let’s say this all together: That’s altogether wrong, Yahoo! Sports!

all together spor

If you mean “utterly, completely, entirely,” use altogether. If you’re referring to a group doing something as a unit, use all together.

Gender identify confusion

It seems that the Yahoo! Parenting writer has a little confusion about the gender of a woman’s betrothed:

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A fiancée (with two E’s) is a female. This stay-at-home mother is engaged to a man; he is her fiancé.

Jose Canseco’s ‘Juiced’ is fiction

When Jose Canseco’s book “Juiced” hit the bookstores, it was advertised as an autobiographical exposé of steroid use in the Major League Baseball. Ten years later, a writer at Yahoo! Sports reveals that it was all a work of fiction:

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It’s a novel assertion, especially in light of the publicity (and controversy) the book generated. Is it true? Or does the writer really not know that a novel is a work of fiction?

How to write a simile

OK, I lied. This doesn’t illustrate how to write a simile. It illustrates how not to write one and it’s from Yahoo! Style:

cold as hell sty hp

Here’s some advice

Here’s a little advice for the Yahoo! News writer: Try using a dictionary.

council news

A council is an assembly of people. As a noun counsel refers to a lawyer or lawyers. And lest you think that the writer had a momentary brain hiccup, here it is again:

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I intend to follow the advice of a dictionary — not this writer’s example.

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