Not the best in journalism

How to explain the “journalists” at the Yahoo! front page writing about a giant in journalism? You can bet that you wouldn’t find a newspaper spelled one way in The Washington Post:

the uc

and another way in the same publication:

fp the lc

Which is correct? Check the paper’s masthead for the preferred capitalization. In this case, it’s The Washington Post.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In our continuing saga of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” it’s a battle of the need for acute accents over the E’s in résumé on yahoo.com:

fp resumes w wo ac

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In our continuing saga of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” it’s a battle of the need for quotation marks on yahoo.com:

fp quot contact tracing

It seems that the so-called contact tracing needs quotation marks. Or not. Or maybe the person who wrote the text for the bottom module had a faulty quotation mark key on his or her keyboard. Or not.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom” from the Yahoo! front page, we witness the confusion over the capitalization of eBay when it starts a headline:

fp ebay

Real news sites have standards that explain how to treat a word in camel case (that is, when it contains a capital letter between the first and last letters) when it starts a sentence. I guess Yahoo! doesn’t believe in standards for its writers.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom” from the Yahoo! front page, we witness the confusion over the use of the hyphen:

fp home-run trot

It seems that the person writing the top of this module thinks home run doesn’t require a hyphen, even when used as an adjective. But the person responsible for the bottom part, thinks it needs a hyphen. Maybe a little communication between the two is in order. (Of course, I’m assuming that two people are responsible for this inconsistency; I can’t imagine one person making a mistake like that.)

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

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:

fp at war

Who is Joe Zee?

Who is Joe Zee? According to today’s Yahoo! front page, he’s a Yahoo! Style editor:

fp joe zee

Except that a few days ago, the same people claimed he was the editor-in-chief of Yahoo! Style:

fp e-in-c

But over at Yahoo! Style, his byline says he’s editor in chief (no hyphen required):

e in c

Who is Joe Zee? I guess he works at Yahoo!, a company that can’t decide what to call him.

Do you work for the same company?

I know nothing about fantasy sports. Until I read the Yahoo! front page, I thought fantasy sports was something adults engaged in in the privacy of their own bedroom.

But I was wrong. Fantasy sports, with a big capital F, has something to do with football (of the American variety):

fp fantasy uc

But, fantasy sports with a lowercase F has something to do with… uh, well, football:

fp fantasy lc

I think those brainiacs at Yahoo! are just trying to confuse me and illustrate the company’s support of individuality and creativity. F consistency!

Was the Ice Bucket Challenge a surprise?

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:

fp ibc no quot

and someone else thought it needed quotation marks?

fp ibc quot

Maybe the people who write and edit yahoo.com should communicate with each other. I hear Gmail is fast and reliable.

When one spelling is not enough

Why limit yourself to one spelling of a word? Just do what the writers on yahoo.com do, and spell Yezidi with an E here:

fp yezidi

Then try a second spelling, just to see if your readers are paying attention.

fp yazidi

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