Kudos to the Einstein on Yahoo! Shine who got away with this spelling — it’s positively ingenious:
If you’re unsure how to use an apostrophe, just don’t use it. If you’re wrong, you’ll look as ill-educated as the folks at Yahoo!.
You wouldn’t want to make the mistake of putting the apostrophe in the wrong place (as it is here on yahoo.com), would you?
If you don’t know that the apostrophe goes first (in ’80s) to show the omission of the 19, then don’t use one.
You’ll just embarrass yourself if you think you can form the plural of a noun with an apostrophe like this gaffe from Yahoo! News:
and this one from Yahoo! Movies:
And I would be embarrassed for you if you used an apostrophe in a verb that isn’t a contraction:
Unsure about your punctuation abilities? Get some help. Just don’t ask anyone who works for Yahoo! for advice.
Walking can be beneficial to your health. Some people recommend 10,000 steps daily, and some people — like the folks who write for Yahoo! Shine — question the efficacy not of 10,000 steps a day, but 10,000 daily steps:
That’s like questioning the benefit of taking one step a day for 10,000 days. The order of words really can affect the meaning of a sentence.
Have the folks in charge of the Yahoo! front page hopped on the offshoring bandwagon and outsourced writing to a non-English-speaking country? That’s the impression you get when you read this on yahoo.com:
The “stroller” in question is that red object on the left that looks strangely like a wagon. And the “baby” looks to be ready for kindergarten. Maybe in Mumbai or Nairobi those would be the correct terms. In the U.S.? Not so much.
How many typos, misspellings, and wrong word choices does it take before you question the credibility of a news article? If the article is written by a Yahoo! News staffer, I start with an attitude of skepticism, which is buttressed by the errors that are sure to be there.
I can count on there being at least one homophonic error. In this article, the writer claims an ice sculpture was discretely wheeled into a hotel suite:
Unless that sculpture was delivered in bits of ice cubes, it was brought in discreetly, so as not to attract attention.
A typo in a photo caption isn’t the worst thing you’ll find in the article:
But a second homophonic error just might be:
Perhaps it’s a rite of passage at Yahoo! News: You can’t get a byline until you’ve made at least three boneheaded mistakes in a single article.
Here’s a makeshift spelling of makeshift:
There’s nothing wrong with this paragraph except for the arbitrarily capitalized former and the spelling of Dinesh D’Souza and Cathy McMorris Rodgers:
Two of those mistakes would get you sent to the woodshed in a legitimate news organization. But wait! There’s more! Here, the writer claims there was a big band consisting of 16 pieces:
and yet in the photo caption, he’s added a musician:
Perhaps the writer was enjoying the contents of the kegerator when he wrote this:
and then forgot that if you use a dollar sign, you shouldn’t also use the word bucks (because that would be “20 dollars bucks”):
So, I’m not trustin’ too much (if anything) I read from this author. I guess for some, getting an article published is all that matters:
Every day Yahoo! Shine features terrible typos, monstrous misspellings, and grammatical gaffes. If you’ve wondered how some many mistakes could slip past the editors, I think I’ve found an answer. Just take a look at some of the errors made by the senior fashion and beauty editor for Yahoo! Shine.
This should be Jean Paul Gaultier, the French designer, and a name a senior fashion editor should know:
This is an approximation of Lily Gatins’ name:
I’d expect a senior fashion editor to be familiar with Maison Martin Margiela:
This sentence on the Yahoo! front page includes a grammatical gaffe. This is one of hundreds of Yahoo! sentences where the verb doesn’t agree with the subject, but the rest of the errors aren’t as easy to spot.
Some nouns that are singular in form, like rest, may have a plural meaning and take a plural verb. In this case, rest refers to more than one fast food chain, so its meaning is plural and the correct verb is aren‘t, not isn’t.