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:
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.
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.
Why would writers or editors at yahoo.com gamble on misspelling Procter & Gamble, especially when it’s been shown time and again that they’re know good at remembering how to spell names?
Why wouldn’t they simply copy the company name and past it into the text? Why gamble on misspelling? Oh, yeah, I almost forgot: They don’t care about accuracy.