Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Those Yahoos just couldn't make up their minds about this one...


I saw this error when I checked my e-mail yesterday afternoon and immediately took a screen capture of the mistake. Twenty minutes later, I checked my e-mail again--the mistake was gone. A little while later, I checked my e-mail again, and the mistake was back. An hour later? Gone again.

So now we can assume two things:
1) I'm mildly obsessive when it comes to checking my e-mail, and
2) The Yahoos were really confused about which of these two words they should be using. (Each time I checked, the right "rein" was in the blurb...but the wrong one was in the headline 50% of the time. They clearly kept switching the right word in and out of the headline as they tried to make up their minds about which word to use.)

I guess I should quit my complaining, 'cause if those Yahoos wouldn't make so many mistakes, I'd certainly have fewer blog posts to share with you guys. And I love writing blog posts for you guys. So, to the Yahoos over there in Yahoo-land, bring it on! I'm ready and waiting, red pen in hand!

6 comments:

LadyStyx said...

Well, at least they weren't overly confused and throw "rain" in there as well.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I'm actually surprised they didn't do that! Silly Yahoos!

Bridgete said...

Ha, I love the story behind it! How funny. =)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Yeah, I thought the fact that they couldn't seem to make up their minds was funnier than the actual error itself! :)

J. Alfred Proofreader said...

Grammarphile, if you weren't so obsessive about checking your e-mail, you wouldn't have that hilarious anecdote to share. Thank you...reading about the Yahoos' bumbling antics made my day! That's classic.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Glad you enjoyed this little anecdote, Proofreader! :) I'm beginning to think that Yahoo! is a VERY appropriately-named company...