Dear Yahoo! Shine writer,
Please don’t take this personally (although it is personal), but I think you’re a little hyphen-happy. You wrote a five-word caption and guess what! You gave 40 percent of the words a hyphen. And guess what! Zero percent of the words should have a hyphen!
I would have thought you would know, what with being in the journalism business and all, that Jay Z removed the hyphen from his name back in July. I read about it, though not on Shine. And you know what else is as funny as hyphenating Jay Z? Hyphenating oversimplify! It doesn’t have a hyphen. Nope, doesn’t have one, doesn’t need one.
Thanks for your time. That is all.
In this little excerpt from Yahoo! Sports’ “Ball Don’t Lie,” the writer uses both with more than two items (which is both wrong and puzzling) and then follows up with a semicolon where a comma is called for:
The word both can only be used with two items — no more, no less. A semicolon can be used to join two independent clauses that are not joined by a conjunction. But in this example, the second clause is a dependent clause, meaning that it can’t stand alone as a sentence.
‘Tis the season for misplaced punctuation, starting with this goof from Yahoo! Shine:
The apostrophe indicates a missing letter, that’s why ’tis ’tis, which is short for it is.
… and where the punctuation went? There seems to be a few things wrong here on the Yahoo! front page. Can you spot them?
First, there are two single quotation marks (looking a lot like apostrophes), the location of which makes no sense. Then there’s that question mark placed to indicate that the question is: The Hunger Games? Does that sound like a question to you? So, there’s that. And there’s only one double quotation mark. Those things always come in pairs, don’t they? So where’s the other one?
You only think that Kurt Cobain was the lead singer for Nirvana, but the geniuses at the Yahoo! front page have news for you: The group’s name wasn’t really Nirvana. That’s why they put the name in quotation marks:
Or… There is an alternate explanation for those punctuation characters: The Einsteins have no idea when to use quotation marks. This is probably the first time in journalistic history they’ve been used to surround the name of a band. Perhaps in some other country, where the writer lives, it’s correct; but it’s not in the U.S.
Yeah, let’s redefine it! And let’s do it without the hyphen that appears on the Yahoo! front page:
Lots of people want to put a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and the word that follows it. Most of those people probably work for Yahoo! and all of those people are wrong.
The Riddlers’ what? That’s one question that I have for the Yahoo! Shine writer:
The other question: What does “on the lose” mean? Did you mean “on the loose”?
Grinding? What the heck kind of question is that? It’s the kind of question you find on Yahoo! Shine, where the writers and editors have no idea where a question mark goes:
If the word or words within quotation marks is a question, then the question mark goes before the closing quotation mark. Otherwise, it goes after the closing quotation mark. What is so hard about that “rule”?