You may have thought that the wildly popular British drama “Downton Abbey” was known throughout the English-speaking world. But there’s at least one English speaker who’s unfamiliar with the show. Unfortunately, that person writes for yahoo.com:
People outside the United States just don’t understand the names we give to each year in a high school or college. They can’t always remember that freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior are the four years of education. So, maybe if the yahoo.com writer isn’t from the U.S., he or she doesn’t know that a student in the third year of college is a junior, not a junior student:
Holy moley. In what universe is the pronoun its correct in this sentence from Yahoo! Style?
What does it refer to? newbie? tools? I think the writer meant tools and just didn’t recognize it as a plural noun requiring the plural pronoun their. It’s a careless oversight, just like using the wrong closing quotation mark.
I’m calling T-shirts baring a quote total BS. T-shirts don’t bare quotes, though they’ve been known to bear them.