When to use the Shift key: Part 2

There seems to be some confusion among the writers on the Yahoo! front page when it comes to using the Shift key. They seem to be unaware that the Hudson River requires two capital letters:

and that the word act requires none:

The writer started out OK with trying to pound out AIDS, but gave up early”:

There’s some confusion about the Shift key at Yahoo! and by “confusion” I mean total ignorance.


Where did Hilary Duff go?

Where did Hilary Duff go? And where did the editor or proofreader for Yahoo! omg! go?

What’s its real name?

If it’s not called the Millennium Falcon, what is it called?

I think the writers and editors who work on the Yahoo! front page should just stop trying to use punctuation — any punctuation. They have no clue what it’s for.

The real blooper

Like so many things in life, it is a real mystery how this blooper on the Yahoo! front page goes unnoticed:

When to use the Shift key

Someone needs to teach the folks who work on the Yahoo! front page when to use the Shift key, because the writers really have no idea what to capitalize.

Maybe you could tell them to look up the correct name of diseases, illnesses, and conditions. That way they’d learn that this should be Bell’s palsy:

Then show them that prefixes before a proper noun don’t get capitalized. This should be pro-Assad:

A title like mayor should be capitalized only when it precedes the officeholder’s name:

The U.S. political parties are proper nouns even when they don’t behave properly. This should be Dems (which is  shorthand for Democrats):

Finally, tyrannosaur doesn’t have a capital T:

You don’t capitalize tyrannosaur, which is a common noun like lion, tiger, and ass.

Someone should take the heat for this

Who’s gonna take the heat for misspelling Dwyane Wade’s name on the Yahoo! front page?

My guess is that no one will be held accountable because no one at Yahoo! cares about trivialities like spelling and accuracy.

Headline intrigues, though wrong

You might be intrigued by this headline on the Yahoo! front page, though it undoubtedly contains a typo:

To me, the most intriguing aspect of this teaser is this: Where the heck are the proofreaders at Yahoo!? Out getting a sugar-free caramel nonfat latte? Or just out to lunch?

Trial and error, but mostly error

It’s that time when athletes try out for the Olympics team. It’s also time that the writers on the Yahoo! front page try out a few ways to spell Olympic trials. Like here:

OK, but this writer thinks that trials should be singular and it deserves a capital T:

No, no, trials is plural and a common noun here:

In an apparent compromise, someone else decided that it’s plural and meriting a big T:

What do you think? Do you think that this inconsistency reflects poorly on the writers and editors at Yahoo!?

Do you know the abbreviation for pounds?

You do? Well, forget about it. It has no place in the middle of a sentence, unless you’re really, really crammed for space. But if you have as much room as the writer for the  Yahoo! front page does, spell out pounds:

By the way, the plural of the abbreviation lb. is lb.

That doesn’t strike a chord

Hitting a rope isn’t going to make a whole lot of noise, so what does this mean?

That expression doesn’t strike a bell (or even a chord) with me. Maybe it’s a new expression conceived by the Yahoo! Shine writer.

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