You must be yoking!

I’ve only seen this mistake once before, and of course it was on Yahoo!. This time it appears on Yahoo! DIY:

yolk diy

For the Yahoo! writers and editors, I’ll explain. This is a yolk:

yolk sweater

This is the yoke of a sweater:

yoke sweater

You risk looking like you’re careless

If you confuse your and you’re in front of millions of readers, you look like you’re careless. Or worse, you look like you’re a writer for Yahoo! Style:

your wearing style

Created by a sometime writer?

Was this written by a sometime writer for Yahoo! TV?

sometimes tv

If Courtney Love is an occasional actress, she’s a sometime thespian. She acts sometimes. The similar words are really different parts of speech: Sometimes is always an adverb; sometime is an adjective or adverb. So, if you’re modifying a noun, use sometime.

If you can’t be right, at least be consistent

That seems to be the motto of the writer for Yahoo! DIY who clings to the mistaken notion that a hangar is something you hang in your closet:

hangars diy

It is not. A hangar is something a plane hangs out in. But at least this gal is consistent:

hangars diy 2

… and maybe a bit stubborn. Here it is one more time:

hangars diy 3

The writer probably doesn’t think that spelling matters nowadays. Judging from the comments left for the article, I’d say she was wrong:

“For those who write these articles, PLEASE, check your spelling and verbiage.”

“Hanger – for clothes. Hangar – for airplanes”

“All the misused ‘hangars’ is very distracting. We’re not talking about organizing an airport hangar, we’re trying to get ideas on how to better organize our own closets. The word is h-a-n-g-e-r. with an ‘e’. Just for future reference, so those weird people like me who can’t get past incorrect spelling can focus on the content of the article instead of itching to make it right.”

Looking forward to a change

I’m looking forward to the day that the writers at Yahoo! Style know that the introductory text in a book is a foreword:

forward style

Rosaries of my ovaries

OK, so it’s not really my ovaries. And the message isn’t “get your rosaries of my ovaries,” even though that’s what you’ll read on Yahoo! Style:

lesley gore style

That should be “get your rosaries off my ovaries.” Don’t blame me; I don’t make this stuff up. You looking for someone to blame? Blame the writer who believes that Lesley Gore wrote “You Don’t Own Me.” She makes this stuff up.

Bad word choice: Yahoo edition

Here’s a bad word choice, courtesy of Yahoo! Style:

addition style hp

It’s possible (but highly unlikely) that the writer meant addition and not edition  (although it doesn’t make a lot of sense). But the fact that Yahoo! Style contains a truckload of poor word choices every day makes me think this is just one more.

That certainly is a new initiative

The White House has announced a new health care initiative. It’s so new, in fact, that only the crackerjack reporters at Yahoo! News have the scoop:

healthcare news

I don’t care for the mashed-up healthcare (but it seems to be OK with the trendy journalists at Yahoo!), but I didn’t think we needed a new initiative. I thought the old spelling was just fine.

How long is a neck’s nap?

Ever had your foot fall asleep? Well, most of us have. But did you know that your neck can sleep, too? It’s called the nap of the neck and it’s documented here on Yahoo! Beauty:

nap of the neck beauty

I wonder if the whole neck naps, or just the nape of the neck.

The most disgusting piece of “journalism” you will read today

Here’s the worst piece of “journalism” you’ll read today and it’s from the brilliant mind of a writer for Yahoo! Style:

teigen

This pathetic excuse for a writer has accused the victim, a Canadian soldier, of perpetrating the crime. Disgraceful.

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