In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom” from the Yahoo! front page, it’s apparent that the writer of the top module didn’t really think the U.S. is officially at war, but the writer of the bottom module thought it was:
Even if the writer for Yahoo! Movies had remembered to put the hyphen in run-in, the word would still be wrong:
A run-in is a quarrel or argument; it’s not a casual meeting.
But aside from that, what mistakes did the writer make? There’s some problem with familiar faces, because the writer implies that Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey share the same face:
This writer really has issues with punctuation. She puts an erroneous apostrophe is Wednesdays and puts a semicolon within quotation marks. In U.S. English, two punctuation characters never, ever go before a closing quotation mark: a colon and a semicolon.
Did the Ice Bucket Challenge sneak up on the writers at yahoo.com so quickly that they were caught unprepared? Could that be the reason that someone thought it didn’t need any special treatment:
and someone else thought it needed quotation marks?
Maybe the people who write and edit yahoo.com should communicate with each other. I hear Gmail is fast and reliable.
Here’s a look at what you can find in a single day on the home page of Yahoo! TV.
A misspelling of Kit Harington:
Incorrect quotation marks around a character’s name:
(If the writer were referring to the movie or TV show, the quotation marks would be okie-dokie, but the reference is to the character.)
I’d like to give a shout-out to the writer of this headline, but I can’t. It’s missing the hyphen that makes shout-out a noun:
How on God’s green earth do you explain this one? Did the writer first pound out it’s, decide that it’s wrong, and change it to it is?
I bet the writer of this headline would like to turn back time and correct this blunder:
Finally, another typo (how could anyone miss that?) and a second misspelling of Mr. Harington’s name:
What the heck is going on at yahoo.com? Are we the victims of some prank, a case of Opposites Weekend? Yesterday I noticed that yahoo.com lied about Daniel Radcliffe being the only star in a disguise at Comic-Con. Now there’s this headline:
First let’s dispense with the issue of the quotation marks. Unless Godzilla refers to the movie (and it doesn’t), there shouldn’t be quotes around it. The names of characters don’t get that sort of treatment. (Hmmm. Unless that’s not really his name…) Then the writer alleges that Godzilla will be fighting new foes. Baloney!
Here’s the headline from the article, replete with the incorrect quotation marks. Notice the words Old Foes?
Is Yahoo! just messin’ with us? Or are the writers there really that incompetent?
I suspect that the writers and/or editors over at Yahoo! Shine haven’t been trained in the wonder that is punctuation. If they had been, they’d know enough not to put the question mark here:
The question mark belongs after the closing quotation mark because the entire sentence is a question.
I suspect the writer didn’t look up the spelling of Lil’ Kim; if she had, she’d know there’s an apostrophe missing here:
So, when the writers aren’t dropping punctuation marks, they’re adding them where they don’t belong, like here:
The word is postpartum, without a hyphen.
And my favorite mistake, arousing my suspicion that no one at Yahoo! cares about spelling, is this misspelling:
Yahoo! Shine asks “Eat clean?” But, what does it really mean to “eat clean”?
It means that the writer didn’t know where to put the question mark. In the U.S., the comma and period go before the closing quotation mark. A question mark or exclamation mark go before the closing quotation mark only if they apply to the words within the quotation marks.