Know those lyrics?

Lyrics can be a convenient device for introducing a topic, a blog post, or an article — as long as you get the words right. Screw them up and you’ll look like someone who writes for Yahoo! DIY:

he knows when diy

Those aren’t the lyrics from “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” It should be:

He sees you when you’re sleeping

He knows when you’re awake

Your readers will recognize your mistake instantly. And it makes them feel superior to you. So, I guess there’s an upside to making a mistake.


What was he tried for the first time?

An art teacher from Ohio took time after his retrial (for an undisclosed crime) to help decorate the White House for Christmas:

retried diy

When I see statements like that on Yahoo! DIY, I wonder if the site’s editors have all retired.

Where does Beyoncé get her wisdom?

She imports it! Or at least that’s what a writer for Yahoo! Style says:

imports style

I’d like to impart a little wisdom of my own, for the benefit (I hope) of the writer: Don’t trust a spell-checker to do all of your proofreading for you. A word may be spelled correctly, but a spell-checker can’t tell you if it’s the correct word to use.

Everyone needs an editor

The editor in chief over at Yahoo! Style could use a little help in the editing department:

us editors style

If you think readers don’t care about grammar, here’s what one person said about the article:

Joe, you commented . . .”but upon careful inspection we did realize that she pulled off a styling trick that us fashion editors – and Carrie Bradshaw – have been doing for years.” As Editor in Chief, I hope you recognize your grammar faux pas. “Us fashion editors” needs to be & quot;we” with no two ways about it! As I tell my students, “Check your work!” You would be wise to do the same!

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