You’re sure to impress your readers with a misspelled word and a contraction when a possessive pronoun is called for. Do them both in a single sentence and you could qualify for a job at Yahoo! DIY:
Did you know that you can look really ignorant, careless, or worse when you misspell a word on a professional website like Yahoo! DIY?
You would think that public embarrassment would be enough of a deterrent to prevent mistakes like this. But no, the author of this handy tip (and example of what not to do) is actually the editor in chief of Yahoo! DIY and she clearly doesn’t care.
Is this writer from Yahoo! Style mocking the title of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 movie? Or is she really that bad at copying a word?
There’s something to be said for a writer who just plugs away at her craft, without concern for using the correct words:
Her ignorance of common idioms is quite astonishing. The result is that her writing is a far cry from acceptable:
If a word gets widespread use, it just might end up in the Oxford English Dictionary. Or maybe just the Urban Dictionary. That might be the incentive behind this made-up word on the Yahoo! front page here:
Although homebuyer is a word you’ll find in the American Heritage Dictionary, you won’t find homebuying. At least not yet.
Do you ever think that you’ve seen every writing error that could possibly be made when traipsing around the Internet? Just when I think there are no new mistakes to be made, I read something on Yahoo! DIY that disabuses me of that notion. I’ll see randomly capitalized words (like fall and holiday), common idioms screwed up by the use of the wrong preposition (the expression is set foot in), and of course the ever-popular it’s for what should be its:
This is not impossible, but it should be:
Opposed to pasta? You may be antipasta. You also may be anti-spell-checker and anti-punctuation:
(That’s the first time I’ve encountered a misspelled antipasto. Who doesn’t love a good misspelling?)
And I’m totally looking forward to a new dish involving the mysterious slided tomato; there’s apparently a reipe for the tomoato concoction:
Have we seen every error that could possibly be made in the English language? Hardly.
I’ve tried to tell them, but those writers at Yahoo! just don’t listen to me. If you’re not good with words containing accent marks (and you’re unwilling or too lazy to Google the word), don’t use accent marks. Stop trying to put a line over the letter E in Hermès because you will get it wrong. Just like the writer or editor did at Yahoo! Style:
See what another Yahoo! writer did when faced with that pesky accent mark over the E.