Lots of one guest

Just what is the fate of your guest during the holidays? The lots of a guest mentioned on Yahoo! DIY has me wondering:

youre guests diy

Maybe that’s supposed to guests! Yes, that’s the ticket. But now I have to figure out why those folks at Yahoo! said “you are guests.” Are they inviting us all over for a little eggnog?

Your readers are sure to eat this up

You’re sure to impress your readers with a misspelled word and a contraction when a possessive pronoun is called for. Do them both in a single sentence and you could qualify for a job at Yahoo! DIY:

reptillian youre diy

Whether you’re channeling your inner editor…

or your grammar nazi, you’re sure to be appalled by this homophonic horror from Yahoo! Style:

your channeling style

What if you’re neither Rihanna nor Wilma?

Whether you’re a grammar nazi or just a casual reader, you’re sure to be astounded by the gaffes in this excerpt from Yahoo! Style:


The logic is lost on me: If you’re Rihanna or Wilma Flintstone (and who among us is?), then any girl can “rock” this necklace? If you’re not, then no girl can rock it? Huh? Can someone explain this to me?

Whether you’re a writing pro…

… or you’re an amateur blogger, you don’t want to look like this grammatically impaired writer for Yahoo! DIY:

your a diy pro

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

Slacker’s guide to proofreading

If you’re still thinking you can get away without proofreading everything you’ve written (OK, so maybe you don’t need to proof your shopping list), that’s just what the writer for Yahoo! Shine thought. She was wrong:

your still wearing shine hp

3 signs you’re in the wrong job

If you’re an editor for Yahoo! Shine, you may be in the wrong job. Here are just three signs from the Shine home page that should have you considering a career change.

The first sign that perhaps you’re not cut out for writing or editing is your inability to match a verb with its subject:

need shine hp


Another sign that should have you questioning your role: You think this is how to show the decade known as the ’80s:

80s shine hp


And the third sign you’re in the wrong job? You can’t tell the difference between a possessive pronoun (like your, meaning “belonging to you”) and a contraction (like you’re, meaning “you are”):

your shine hp

You look like a fool if your not careful

You’re not going to believe this headline from Yahoo! News‘ “Who Knew?”

your who knew

Is it just a careless error, or does the writer really not know the difference between the possessive pronoun your and the contraction you’re?

Everyone needs an editor

If your first sentence in your first paragraph contains these errors, shouldn’t you think about hanging up your keyboard?

way 1

If you don’t know the difference between a contraction (like you’re) and a possessive pronoun (like your), you don’t know enough to hyphenate a compound modifier (like Oscar-winning), you match a hyphen (which should be an em-dash) with a comma (which also should be an em-dash), you omit words, you hyphenate seaside, and you can’t spell Steve Carell, should you call it quits?

Not if you’re a writer for Yahoo! Movies. And not if you’ve been writing for years for well-respected publications like The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, More, Interview Magazine, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Cosmopolitan and Self. Those are publications with standards higher that Yahoo!’s. You’d never find that many egregious mistakes in an entire article, much less an opening paragraph. What gives?


A writer for print publications is used to the support of competent editors. At Yahoo!, this writer’s words are published — gross mistakes and all — without benefit of editing.

That paragraph isn’t an anomaly. The article continues with a total miss at AnnaSophia Robb and 14-year-old:

way 2

There’s the reality nit-picky double double-quotes and the typoed tween:

way 3

And to prove that this so-called movie critic has no idea that she doesn’t know how to spell Steve Carell’s name, she screws it up three more times here:

way 4

and here:

way 5

and here:

way 6

Would you expect to see something of this quality in a legitimate news source or magazine? No, because those publications employ editors. And this writer is obviously dependent on them.


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