Can we disc-uss this?

Let’s talk about this treatment of the trademark Frisbee on Yahoo! Sports:

frisbee sports

It’s a trademark! It gets a capital letter!

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of the continuing saga of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” there’s a lack of agreement on the treatment of a popular brunchtime beverage:

fp bloody mary

If your authority on capitalization and spelling is the American Heritage Dictionary, then the preferred spelling is bloody mary, although Bloody Mary is also acceptable. Just not simultaneously.

Dmitri Young still the third heaviest

There’s just a minor problem on the Yahoo! front page:

fp mlb

The obvious gaffe involves some missing capital letters: Major League Baseball is a trademark of Major League Baseball, Properties, Inc. Less obvious? Dmitri Young wasn’t just the third heaviest player in the years he played; he was the third heaviest player in MLB history.

Not ready for the big leagues

I don’t think that the writer for Yahoo! News’ “Odd News” is quite ready for the big leagues of journalism, especially not in sports journalism. Anyone familiar with professional baseball knows about Major League Baseball. It’s a trademark owned by Major League Baseball Properties, Inc.

mlb news

Do you work for the same company?

Something’s amiss with KISS.  And it’s featured on

fp kiss lc

Somebody decided to spell KISS with some lowercase letters. So, OK. Sometimes it shows up that way. But then someone else, who presumably works for the same company, decided to stylize it with all capital letters:

fp kiss cap

Do the people at Yahoo! talk to each other? Email each other? Text each other? Send smoke signals? What is so hard about deciding how to spell KISS?

Why, fie on that spelling!

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi is one of its registered trademarks. It’s not a common noun as alleged on the Yahoo! front page:

fp wifi

It’s more than a direction

If you’re referring to the Western Hemisphere as the West, give it a capital W; otherwise, it’s just a direction. And as you can see on, it doesn’t always make sense:

fp west lc

In this context, the reader isn’t sure if the virus went westward or if it made its way to the Western Hemisphere.

headline meaningless words

Here’s a headline from Yahoo! News that’s from the Refrigerator Magnetic School of Writing:

kfc lc news

It looks as if someone threw a handful of random words on magnets onto the front of the Frigidaire. Perhaps a Yahoo! staffer could have taken a few minutes and written an actual headline, with an actual meaning, before publishing this mess.

That is so not proper!

Maybe the Shift key on the writer’s keyboard is acting a little shifty. That might explain why these proper nouns on Yahoo! News didn’t get the proper capitalization:

outer banks hurricane news

The Outer Banks is a string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. As for hurricane, when it appears before the name of a hurricane, it gets a capital letter: Hurricane Arthur.

That’s when I stopped reading

I only had to read the first paragraph of this article on Yahoo! Shopping to know that I really didn’t care what the writer had to say:

mason jar shopping

If you can’t take the time to check the spelling of baby’s breath, Mason jar, centerpiece, and SoulCycle, then I’m not going to take the time to read any further.


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