If you can’t remember how to spell a word, add it to a short list of words that you find challenging. That might have helped the writers at yahoo.com, who can’t agree on whether short list is one word:
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:
and somebody (who knows, maybe the same person!) thinks it’s this:
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.
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:
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.
In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we see the results of two writers for the Yahoo! front page who can’t agree on the spelling of a rather important word to a headline:
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, eye shadow is correct (although some dictionaries also allow eyeshadow). But that’s not all! There’s an apostrophe missing in pros: Depending on the number of pros involved, it should be either pro’s tips or pros’ tips.
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:
and another way in the same publication:
Which is correct? Check the paper’s masthead for the preferred capitalization. In this case, it’s The Washington Post.
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:
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.
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:
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.