It’s hard not to cringe

It’s hard not to cringe when you read something as poorly written as this article on Yahoo! Shine. From the typos and the writer’s imaginative spelling of Rutgers, it has a lot to offer the discerning reader:

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She writes about an author whose most recent book is “The Essentials of Business Etiquette: How to Greet, Eat, and Tweet…” using who’s (which means “who is” or “who has”) and getting the title wrong:

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I’d tell the writer to learn to proofread, or if you don’t have time, get someone to do it for you. It would be helpful to you for your career:

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It’s time she learn the difference between a possessive pronoun (like its) and a contraction (like it’s):

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If she learned to proofread, she could send an email and post something on a social media site without typos and missing words:

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She might also learn to check her articles after they’ve been published to ensure she hasn’t omitted vital information, like the text of a tweet:

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Going through a phase every day

When it comes to homophonic errors, I go through phases sometimes where it’s every day that I discover them on Yahoo!. Today it was on Yahoo! omg!:

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I’ll never understand how a writer can confuse faze with phase or everyday (which means ordinary) with every day (which means each day).

If you’re prone to mixing up homophones, you should have someone who’s knowledgeable about language proofread your writing:

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Look for someone who knows the difference between whose (a possessive pronoun) and who’s (a contraction of who is or who has). I don’t recommend the person who wrote this article.

Who’s to blame?

Who’s to blame for this grammatical gaffe on Yahoo! Screen? Whose fault is it?

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Whose fault is it?

Whose fault is this? Who’s responsible for this homophonic gaffe on Yahoo! Movies?

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Whose mistake is this?

It’s the writer for Yahoo! Movies who’s confused about the correct word to use here:

The contraction who’s is short for who is or who has. The possessive pronoun is whose. And that’s the word the writer should have used.

Who’s responsible for this?

Who’s responsible for this caption on Yahoo! Shine? Who’s made a mistake? Whose mistake is it?

Whoever wrote that doesn’t know that who’s is a contraction for who is or who has.

Something doesn’t feel right

Dear Yahoo! Shine writer,

Just dropping by to say that publishing this article was way too quick. You should have proofread it to avoid embarrassing yourself with gaffes like this:

You must be a writer whose brand of writing doesn’t distinguish between homonyms. But when I read your articles, something just doesn’t feel right:

Maybe it’s the missing punctuation. For goodness’ sake, can’t you learn to include an apostrophe once in a while?

Thank you for listening.


Asses your writing

Just skip over the extra word here on Yahoo! Shine and head right on down to the best typo of the month:

You can stop reading right now, because the rest of the grammatical errors just can’t compare with that.

If you’re still with me, you’ll notice that the writer knew she needed a hyphen somewhere, but couldn’t figure out where:

She should have kept homework whole (it’s not hyphenated) and added the hyphen here: homework-free.

I think the writer, whose study of the English language was clearly insufficient, could use a refresher course on common homophonous errors:

Who’s is a contraction for who is or who has. The possessive of who is whose, which is what she should have used.

Whose mistake is that?

Who’s responsible for this homophonic error on Yahoo! omg!?

Who’s responsible for this everyday error?

Every day, there’s a homophonic error on Yahoo!. This time, it’s on Yahoo! TV‘s “Primetime in No Time”:

Whose error is it? Probably the person who made this error in the same article: 


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