It’s a new one

Some mistakes are so common on Yahoo!, that I’ve just about given up reporting on them. How many times can I explain the difference between its and it’s before I want to jam a pencil in my eyes? But this time, it’s a little different. A lot different. Skip past the overcapitalized commander-in-chief and focus of the worst case of an unnecessary apostrophe:

its apost tv

That’s a first for me. Never underestimate the punctuation creativity of the writers for Yahoo! TV.

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2 Responses to “It’s a new one”

  1. lectorconstans Says:

    I’ll take umbrage at that style book about C-in-C, on the grounds that it refers to a specific title of a specific individual. But then that’s the great thing about standards (and style books): there are so many of them. (It’s also capitalized in the Constitution (but then, while that’s not Old English, it’s Earleri English).)

    The overly brilliant writers and editors at Yahoo! show their tenuous grasp of reality. He’s Commander-in-Chief of the military, not the country.

    • Laura Says:

      I could quote the Associated Press Stylebook on capitalizing titles, but Yahoo!’s writers don’t follow any style for capitalization, even though the Yahoo! News editors claim they follow AP style. Here’s what the Chicago Manual of Style says: “University of Chicago Press considers almost all titles to be generic unless they are used as part of a name. Practically no one gets special treatment—neither the pope nor the president of the United States. But the recommendations in The Chicago Manual of Style apply for the most part to descriptive and analytical texts. Excess capitalization hinders an argument’s clarity.”


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