They’re scheduled to appear in court

The writer (and editor, if there was one) should be scheduled to appear in grammar court for a crime against the language:

Their scheduled appearance should happen now! This is no time to delay punishment for an assault on a homophone by Yahoo! Movies.


No more jack-o’-lanterns!

Thank goodness Halloween is finally here. Let’s hope it’s the end of seeing halloween and the end of misspelled jack-o’-lanterns: Yahoo! Shine

I doubt, though, that we’ll ever see the end of the use of “is comprised of” to mean “consists of, is composed of, or is made up of” seems to have taken hold. Fewer language authorities object to its usage in that way. According to the American Heritage Dictionary:

“The traditional rule states that the whole comprises the parts and the parts compose the whole. In strict usage: The Union comprises 50 states. Fifty states compose (or constitute or make up) the Union. Even though careful writers often maintain this distinction, comprise is increasingly used in place of compose, especially in the passive: The Union is comprised of 50 states. Our surveys show that opposition to this usage is abating. In the 1960s, 53 percent of the Usage Panel found this usage unacceptable; in 1996, only 35 percent objected.”

What do you think? Is this usage now standard? Do you use “is comprised of” in your writing?

Overly punctuated

It’s a flood of punctuation from Yahoo! Movies, including two unnecessary hyphens:

(Sally Field is 65 years old; she is a 65-year-old.)

Don’t get overly emotional about those hyphens, because there’s another arbitrary and incorrect one here:

(Don’t put a hyphen between an adverb ending in LY and the word that follows it.)

But the writer isn’t content with abusing hyphens; pronouns come under assault, too. Between you and me, I don’t think the writer knows which pronoun to use here:

(The word between is a preposition and the object of preposition must be in objective case, which is her, not she.)

It’s it’s, but it’s wrong

It’s it’s twice on Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally”and both of them of the it’s should be its:

This should be the end of it

Today is Halloween. Let’s hope it’s also the end of all headlines on Yahoo! Shine related to this day:

Katharine Hepburn: The lyin’ in winter

They’re lyin’ over at Yahoo! Movies when it comes to Katharine Hepburn. And the writers think you’re too stupid to notice that they changed her name:

Just in case you thought that was a careless typo that went undetected during the proofreading (ha! proofreading at Yahoo!. That is funny!) here it is in the photo caption:

Billy Dee Williams must be younger than we thought

American actor Billy Dee Williams must look a lot younger than his 75 years. On the TV show “NCIS,” he plays someone younger than Mark Harmon’s character, Gibbs:

Of course, it is possible that Yahoo! TV got it wrong. A namesake is a person named after someone else. The truth is, the character Gibbs is the namesake of the character that Billy Dee Williams plays.

Member when?

Remember when professional writers took pride in their work? That was some time before Al Gore invented the Internet. And probably before this writer was born:

I can’t imagine anyone old enough to vote would use member instead of remember. But then, I can’t imagine a professional writer who wouldn’t look up the spelling of Caesars Palace:

Or who doesn’t know that Renee is a female’s name and that Celine Dion is married to René Angélil:

Remember when writers took pride in their work?

Would that be cache memory?

Interested in how Apple manufactures cache memory? Me, neither. But the geniuses on the Yahoo! front page think you might be:

Ha-ha. I kid. I am a kidder. I know the brain trust that is really meant to write cachet. And that they probably don’t know that cache is pronounced “cash” and cachet is pronounced “cash-ay.” A cache is a hiding place or the storage buffer in the central processing unit of a computer. Cachet is “a mark or quality, as of distinction, individuality, or authenticity.”

With a mistake like that, it’s no wonder that Yahoo! has lost any cachet that it once had.

Change the channel!

With Hurricane Sandy bounding the East Coast, everyone is following the weather, maybe on the Weather channel:

or even on the Weather Channel:

What everyone can agree on is this: The people who write for need to decide whether it is a capitalized channel.

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