Dumbest Statement of the Day

Today’s Dumbest Statement of the Day is made even dumber, given the fact that it appears on Yahoo! Politics, where writers should know something about politics:

retiring sen pol

Why would anyone campaign for a retiring senator? Because the writer left out some vital words: Ms. Ernst campaigned for Sen. Harkin’s seat. His seat. Not him.

I’ll be direct

I’ll be direct: This spelling of DirecTV on the Yahoo! front page makes me wonder if the accompanying article is as reliable as yahoo.com:

fp directtv

It could happen any day

Any day now, the executives at Yahoo! Makers will hire competent editors who have more than a passing familiarity with the English language. The kind of editors who would choke if they ever read this:

anyday diy

Ha-ha! No way will Yahoo! invest in an experienced editorial staff! Not now. Not any day in the future.

A couple errors

It’s not a couple of errors on the Yahoo! front page; it’s one error and it involves a missing word:

fp couple people

As the American Heritage Dictionary notes:

The of in the phrase a couple of is often dropped in speech, but this omission is usually considered a mistake. In 2013, 80 percent of the Usage Panel found the sentence A couple friends came over to watch the game to be unacceptable.

Is it straighter?

If a deadline is non-wavier, does that make it straighter? That’s the question I’m pondering after reading this on Yahoo! Sports:


Extra-long innings

Clayton Kershaw hasn’t given up a run in 37 extra-long innings on the Yahoo! Sports home page:

innnings spo hp

What a site!

To cite Jarod Kintz on the subject of words that sound alike: “I gave her flour instead of a flower, because I knew she loved homophones.
” Perhaps the writer for Yahoo! Style enjoys homophones as well:

sites shorts sty

It can impinge on a reader’s understanding

Misspellings, typos, and wacky words can be impingements on a reader’s understanding. And if they appear on a page like Yahoo! Sports, they can be an embarrassment:

inpingement spo hp

Headline writing: when to

Headline writing: when to fall asleep. That’s a tip I’d like to write about after reading this on the Yahoo! front page:

fp when to

To be a successful writer/journalist/editor, don’t fall asleep before you finish writing.

Go figure!

Go figure! Won’t you know that the editor/writer/whoever who writes for Yahoo! Celebrity doesn’t know the difference between a figurine (which is a small statuette) and a figure (which isn’t):

figurines cel

But wait! That’s not the only goof here. That sentence is complete idiocy: It claims that someone seeing Ms. Mirren meet the “figurines” will be giving one of Ms. Mirren’s greatest performances. Huh?


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