You might overlook the occasional typo and misspelling in a high school newspaper, but when a barrage of errors appears in an article written by a senior features editor for a major Web player, you might be aghast. I know I was when I read this article on Yahoo! Shine, which might possibly be the worst writing by a professional. The number and severity of errors is astounding.
The mess starts in the first sentence: It’s not a proper noun, so why capitalize loafers?
The pronoun should be their (its antecedent is the plural mainstays) and there shouldn’t be a space separating 21st:
It’s Lilly Pulitzer!
I bet the preppy handbook didn’t contain as many errors as this single sentence, which seems to be lacking something called punctuation:
I can’t understand how this woman is allowed to publish this crap:
I wish I knew where I could get a job as a writer where quality is unimportant:
Yikes! Who doesn’t know how to Ms. Kardashian’s name? Not this “senior features editor”:
Double yikes! Polo is a trademark. It needs a capital letter. Every time.
If it’s not a verb, follow-up is hyphenated (or one word, according to some dictionaries):
This writer has a talent for cramming in the most errors in the fewest words. How do you omit a word and use the wrong word (it should be it’s) in such a small space?
Can’t she make up her mind? Isn’t there a dictionary or in-house style guide she can consult to choose between a t-shirt and a T-shirt?
The brand is Lacoste, a proper noun:
Crimey. My advice to this writer is to avoid French words, because misspelling nouveau just makes you look dumb. And try using a hyphen once in a while to avoid looking like a washed-up hack:
Are there any other names she can mangle? It’s Bret Easton Ellis who wrote “American Psycho,” a title deserving of italics or quotation marks:
I have no idea what this Engrish is supposed to be:
So, when she does try to use a hyphen, it’s wrong; when she uses a trademark like Polo, it’s wrong:
It’s still Lilly Pulitzer, goddammit. Try looking at the photo credit for a hint!
Another piece of amateurish writing, unworthy of a high school newspaper from Shine. Awesome.