Hyphen happy

It’s not enough to be capitalization crazy, putting capital letters at the front of common nouns like holiday. No, that’s not enough for this Yahoo! Makers writer. She’s also idiom idiotic, with some crazy idiom stepping out, which makes no sense:

holiday cap diy

No, that’s not enough. She also happens to be hyphen happy, adding them indiscriminately in what should be seven-day lead-up. Two hyphens. That’s enough.

Oy vey!

Oy! How does someone with so little regard for language become a “news editor” for Yahoo! Style? This little lady clearly has no respect for the proper use of the Shift, arbitrarily using it to capitalize the common noun sweater and failing to use it for Festival of Lights:

maillots sty

Her spelling of Hanukkah isn’t the preferred one. And her knowledge of fashion is a tad wanting: A maillot is not a style of sweater; it’s a bathing suit.

Your readers are sure to delight in this

If you’ve wondered why the writing on Yahoo! Makers is so amateurish and juvenile, take a look at this excerpt from an article written by the site’s editor in chief:

thanksgiving lc diy

She’s obviously a tad confused. She probably thinks that the word holiday should be capitalized, and not the name of the holiday. And she’s a little confused about you’re (which is short for you are) and your (which is the possessive pronoun).

Perhaps she just takes a very relaxed view about grammar and spelling and word usage. Perhaps that’s not a great attitude for an editor in chief.

Transforming transatlantic

The writer for Yahoo! Travel transformed transatlantic with an incorrect hyphen and a capital letter:

trans-atlantic tra

Often, when a prefix is added to a proper noun, the combination is hyphenated, like un-American, pre-Columbian, and non-Euclidean. But transatlantic is an exception to that general rule.

Taking a holiday

The writers at Yahoo! have taken a holiday from using the Shift key when pounding out what should be Halloween:

halloween lc mak

and Labor Day:

labor day sty

I guess the editors were taking a holiday from there jobs, too.

Why am I not surprised?

They can’t decide if the United Kingdom is UK or U.K. They can’t agree on the abbreviation for the United Nations. They think that no one will notice if they spell the football scandal as Deflategate and deflate-gate. So should we be surprised if the geniuses at yahoo.com think super-PAC…

fp super-pac

…looks exactly like Super PAC?

fp super pac cap

Keeping up with the times

Hodgkin lymphoma has taken another life, according to yahoo.com:

fp hodgkins

The disease used to be called Hodgkin’s lymphoma (with a lowercase L), but according to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, that designation is outdated.

Not an Ivy League graduate?

I’m guessin’ that the writer for yahoo.com isn’t an Ivy League-educated journalist:

fp ivy

What’s so common about Botox?

It’s not a generic term. It’s not a common noun. A registered trademark, Botox gets undercapitalized on yahoo.com:

fp botoxx

You got paid to write that?

Can you believe that someone actually got paid to write this for Yahoo! Makers? When I read this, I thought it was a third-grader’s homework.

alien pump diy

I wouldn’t point out the location of that comma in relation to the quotation mark if it were the only issue in this “article.” (In the U.S., a comma goes before a closing quotation mark.) But then I bumped up against what I think is supposed to be Styrofoam.

But the instructions are really the best of the worst here. After I’ve cut my top off (which I do somehow after I’ve carved out my pumpkin), I have to insert my skull in that stringy mess. No thanks. I won’t be poking holes with an awl (which for some reason the writer thinks is a proper noun) and I won’t be inserting anything “as to reflect” anything.

This is just a sloppy, embarrassing mess for the writer, the editor (if there was one), the management whose standards are so low that this got published, and the company that employs those people.


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