And you thought Santa was known for toys…

Silly me. I thought Santa Claus was famous for delivering toys to good little girls and boys. But Yahoo! Style has the real lowdown on that jolly fellow:

famous for leather diy

He’s known for his leather jackets and black basics. Hey, he sounds just like designer Rick Owens!

Refrigerator magnets of the Web

You know those refrigerator magnets that have a word printed on them? You can arrange the magnets to form messages, write limericks, or do what the writers at Yahoo! Style do: Take a handful of magnets and throw them on the refrigerator. And whatever sticks, in whatever order, publish it as a headline:

simonss show fut style

It’s called a day

There’s at least one editor at Yahoo! Style who is not a candidate for the Carl Sagan Memorial Award for advancements in astronomy. I don’t think she’s even qualified to teach science to first-graders:

turned on axis style

Has the world turned on its axis, she asks. Yes, yes it has. It does it every day.

What the hell is she doing in there?!

I swear on my autographed copy of the “Chicago Manual of Style” that neither my sister nor my aunt has never been in my hair. They just don’t go there.

oxymoron 2

When the editor in chief of Yahoo! Style suggests that a relative may be hanging out in your tresses, it’s probably time to get him a real editor.

One of the funniest screw-ups

Here’s a screw-up on the Yahoo! front page that’s likely to be the best of the day:

fp screw ups

Your membership in Editors for Excellence has been canceled

Can’t the folks who write and edit the Yahoo! front page agree on anything? Do they own a dictionary or know how to access a dictionary on that newfangled Internet? Apparently not. Somebody at yahoo.com thinks this is the correct spelling for the past tense of cancel:

fp cancelled 2

and somebody (who knows, maybe the same person!) thinks it’s this:

fp canceled

According to the American Heritage Dictionary (which is the resource they’d find on the Yahoo! network, if they deigned to consult an authority), the preferred spelling is canceled, though cancelled is acceptable. One or the other, guys. Not both.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom” we’re confronted with protesters on the Yahoo! front page. And protestors:

fp protestors bot

What gives? Don’t these people talk to each other? Can’t they decide how they’ll spell a word that appears daily on Yahoo!? Here’s a crazy idea: Stick with the spelling that’s shown in a dictionary, preferably a dictionary everyone agrees on. If that’s the American Heritage Dictionary, then the correct spelling is protester.

Will the Senate be in session?

When Prince William visits the U.S. next month, he’ll spend time in New York City and the U.S. capital, which is Washington, D.C. The U.S. Capitol, which the writer for Yahoo! Style thinks is the city, is actually a building:

capitol style

The word capitol, with an O, is a building where state legislatures meet; with a capital C, it’s where the U.S. Congress meets. If you mean anything else, then use the word with two A’s: capital.

More editors, fewer errors

Imagine if Yahoo! News had editors who understood basic grammar and word usage. You might just see fewer errors in headlines:

less arrests news

Use less (and not fewer) for countable items such as errors, mistakes, goofs, and gaffes.

Am I too late?

It’s hard to keep up with all the holidays in the fall and winter. There’s Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, not to mention Name Your Car Day (that was on October 2) and Dictionary Day (in honor of Noah Webster, who was born on October 16). And there are lots of others. Maybe even hundreds of special days. So, the writer for Yahoo! DIY should be forgiven for publishing this article just a tad late:

halloween

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