A New Year’s resolution about the new year

I’m thinking of making a New Year’s resolution: Stop writing about the misspellings of new year and New Year’s that appear on Yahoo!.

But before I make such a radical commitment, I’d like some assurance that the madness on Yahoo! will end. I’d like to know that this is the last time Yahoo! Shine writers will neglect the capital Y:

And that they’ll stop capitalizing new year, which isn’t a holiday or a proper noun of any sort:

It’d be great if the writers on the Yahoo! Answers blog followed suit. And if they figured out that resolution should be cap-free:

OK, so what happened to the apostrophe in New Year’s in that blog post?

Again with the capitalized resolutions! The abundance of commas (all of which should be scrapped) don’t make me feel confident that the writers are paying attention to details.

Maybe I’ll wait till next year to make that resolution.

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6 Responses to “A New Year’s resolution about the new year”

  1. Carole (The Grammar Nazi) Says:

    Loved all the fun about capitalization — or not — of New Year’s resolutions… but don’t talk to me about scrapping all commas. There are many places where they are necessary for clarification of the sentence.

  2. Laura Says:

    I love commas; I find them very useful. My comment about removing commas applied only to those I’ve circled in the last screen-shot. They’re just wrong.

  3. Carole (The Grammar Nazi) Says:

    Okay, I agree with that.

  4. Sam Says:

    Hmmm. I think the sentence with the commas would be correct if the comma after the, “and,” were removed. Setting the phrase, “and how you plan on keeping them,” apart with commas is optional, and a matter of taste.

  5. Laura Says:

    Sam,
    The comma after the “and” is definitely wrong. I see your point about the other commas in that they do set the phrase, though I think dashes would have worked better.

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