Capitalizing regions 101

I hope residents of the South and lovers of Southern cooking aren’t offended by this erroneous treatment by Yahoo! Shine:


When southern refers to a compass direction, it’s a common noun. But when it refers to the southeastern region of the U.S., it’s a proper noun.


Take out out

Would someone please take out the disturbing out in this teaser from Yahoo! Shine:


The switch of tense, from the past tense of picked followed by the present tense of reveal is also disturbing. It’s like there was some time-travel involved in picking out out the favorites.

Pre-Oscar celebrity beauty mistreatment

That’s no way to treat a beauty:


Someone at Yahoo! Shine overlooked this obvious typo. Or more likely, didn’t bother to read this teaser before publishing it.

Vote for Seth Rogen

Seth Rogan appears on a ballot on Yahoo! TV, although it was actually Seth Rogen who made an appearance at the Oscars:


Where’s Blake Lively?

Are you up to the challenge? Yahoo! Movies offers this photo caption to entice readers into the ultimate online version of “Where’s Waldo?”  


Look closely at the photo. I think the “Gossip Girl” is hiding behind the guy in the middle:


Oy! The stress of writing about fashion

Oy! The stress of attending all those shows at New York Fashion Week has affected the writers on Yahoo! Shine. The writer of this blog post doesn’t get off to an auspicious start, what with neglecting to capitalize the very first letter of the very first word:


If you’re a fan of good grammar, then you know that a comma is required after that opening clause and that two independent clauses separated by and also need a comma.

Picky punctuation points? Perhaps. But I don’t think I’m picky to ask: What the heck does this mean?


Or to call out this horrible homophone and lack of agreement between the subject (clothing) and its verb (which should be was):


A missing word here, a missing hyphen and comma there, what’s the big deal? And there’s that compliment again:


Compliment does not mean “to go well with or enhance.”  That would be complement.

I think this word is either silk or slick:


And I don’t know how a paid, professional writer doesn’t know the difference between the contraction it’s and the possessive pronoun its:


I must admit, this is a first for me: I’ve never known anyone who did not know the difference between guild (which is like a trade union) and gild:


Or how to spell pharaoh. I can understand not knowing how to spell Ferocia Coutura, but can’t forgive not googling the name before publishing it where it can be seen by dozens, maybe even hundreds, of people.

Oy! Sometimes writing about fashion is only a little less stress than reading about fashion.

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