Take a deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. Stay calm, this misspelling on Yahoo! DIY may pass:
So, you already have your Halloween costume. You’re going to your BFF’s party as a slutty slut. But the boss just announced that everyone must come to work in costume on October 31. Your slutty slut is kinda NSFW. You need a second costume! Don’t panic. The creative minds at Yahoo! DIY have ten second costumes; one is sure to be just right:
But wait! There’s more! Each of these costumes can be made in less than a minute. In fact, you might call them “10-Second Costumes.”
What a difference a hyphen makes.
Here’s a twist on the artificial grass known as AstroTurf from Yahoo! DIY:
AstroTurf is not a generic term for fake grass. It’s a trademark with a capital A and T, not what you see here:
and throughout the article:
Perhaps next time the writer will learn a little something about her subject before publishing her musings.
That’s not Aaron Rodgers on the Yahoo! front page, but it should be:
Yesterday, it was a misspelled Roethlisberger. Today, it’s a misspelled Rodgers. Why do yahoo.com writers have a problem with quarterbacks?
I’m restraining myself. I was going to say something snarky about this mistake on Yahoo! Style, but I’ve decided that the writer needs our compassion and not our scorn:
Clearly the writer is vocabulary-challenged. Perhaps she is new to English and is still learning the language. We should support her in her efforts by gently pointing out that a novelist writes novels. Hence, the term novelist. And a novel is a work of fiction. None of the women she lists has written a novel and therefore none is a novelist. They have all written books, which were not works of fiction, and they might be described as authors.