I was reading an article on Yahoo! Makers when lo and behold, there was an incorrectly capitalized valentine (when you’re writing about a card, it’s a common noun) and a homophonic horror that’s become all-too-common on Yahoo!:
Do you remember anything from third grade? If you’re this Yahoo! Makers writer, the answer would be, “not so much.” She apparently forgot how to form the plural of a noun (hint: it generally doesn’t include an apostrophe) and she forgot that valentine is not capitalized when you’re referring to a card:
Gigi Hadid was in Paris, known to many as the City of Light. Known to many, but not known to the Yahoo! Style news editor:
The last time the Yahoo! Style “news editor” wrote about Charles de Gaulle Airport, she screwed it up with a bunch of random hyphens. Well, she hasn’t learned a thing in the last few months. She’s at it again:
Perhaps this woman doesn’t know that Charles de Gaulle was an actual human being and that his name does not contain hyphens, and other human beings do not get to change the spelling of his name.
It’s hard to believe that the people who write or edit yahoo.com ever communicate with each other or refer to any authority, standard, or style guide. It’s also hard to believe they even work in the same country. Most Americans know that when you refer to the House of Representatives as the House, you need to capitalize it:
At least that writer didn’t capitalize speaker because it doesn’t precede the speaker’s name.
Well, it looks like someone at yahoo.com knows to capitalize House. But the capitalization of Speaker? That’s wrong.
This excerpt from Yahoo! Style may be a new record for Terribly Write: The most errors in a single sentence:
In honor of its new status, I thought I’d point out just a teensy error: Lewis Eisenberg is NOT the chairman of the Republican National Committee. Reince Priebus is the chairman of the RNC. And Agnes Gund is the president emerita (since she is female) of MoMA (which is the correct shortening of the Museum of Modern Art).
Here’s just one more example of why Yahoo! shouldn’t be outsourcing writing for yahoo.com:
Anyone familiar with U.S. government knows that House is short for House of Representatives in Washington and that it gets a capital H.