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?

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In yet another edition of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” where I point out the inconsistencies on, we see that there’s some confusion over hyphen use:

fp debt relief hyph no hyph

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we find one writer on writing about a PhD dietitian (whatever that means), and another writing about dieticians:

fp dietician

The preferred spelling in the American Heritage Dictionary is dietitian, although dietician is acceptable. What’s not acceptable? Using both spellings.

Unsure of that hyphen?

If you’re unsure if two words should be joined by a hyphen, just do what the folks at the Yahoo! front page do:

fp carbon tax

One of those is bound to be correct, right?

Agree to disagree

It looks like the writers/editors over at Yahoo! Shine have agreed to disagree. They can’t seem to agree on the spelling of a word here:

mugshot shine

and here:

mug shot shine

For the record, the American Heritage Dictionary declares mug shot (two words) as the correct spelling. Now maybe we can see if the writers can agree on what to call the guy in the mug shot.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In yet another episode of “You Write the Top…” we uncover a bit of confusion and disagreement about punctuation:

fp no

Someone believes the word no needs quotation marks; someone doesn’t. And neither thought to consult the one.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

It’s another fumble on the Yahoo! front page, where the folks just can’t agree on whether to capitalize a word:

fp fumble

I’m guessin’ that one person wrote Fumble and someone else (perhaps in a foreign country), wrote fumble. And neither person thought to communicate with the other.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

I swear there are at least two people writing for the Yahoo! front page: One person writes the top part of a module, and someone else writes the bottom. And they don’t talk to each other. Heck, they probably don’t even work out of the same office. They might even be on different continents. How else would you explain the apostrophe in one word and not in the same word in the same context?

fp spurs big 3

It seems they can’t even agree on the number of big rigs that demolished a yard. Was it one big rig or multiple big rigs?

fp big rigs

Maybe Yahoo! should invest in one of those newfangled thingies so that the writers can communicate with each other.

It’s one of those newfangled thingies

It’s a newfangled talkie machine thingie that’s so new to the Yahoo! front page team that they haven’t had time to figure out how to spell it.

Some of the folks think it’s a little something called a “cell phone”:

fp cell phone

But some others (who I think are just being pretentious) think it’s a “cellphone”:

fp cellphone o w

Maybe it takes a little time for the editors to catch up with technology. Maybe after the cell phone has been around for a few years, they’ll decide how to spell it.

Maybe you should just called them ‘twisters’

One of the great things about the English language is that it allows you to spell some words in multiple ways. But it’s kinda a good idea to stick to one spelling. Take this example on the Yahoo! front page:

fp tornadoes

That’s the preferred plural of tornado. But this spelling is also acceptable, though not the first choice of the editors of the American Heritage Dictionary:

fp tornados

It really looks sloppy and amateurish to use both spellings. That’s why you should select a single dictionary as your authority for spelling and always use the preferred spelling.


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