Why don’t you buy a dictionary?

The folks at yahoo.com took a big risk today by failing to consult a dictionary before publishing this mess:

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What are you judging by?

If I told you this was a horribly written article on Yahoo! Finance, would you ask me, “What exactly are you judging by?”

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Yes, you probably would because you know the difference between by and buy. You probably also know that if you use an em-dash, you shouldn’t pair it with a comma; the correct character is another em-dash. And you probably know how to spell Warren Buffett’s name, too:

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Plus, when you’re writing the plural of a word, I bet you know it doesn’t include an apostrophe:

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I’m not buyin’ it

You might think that this article from Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally” passed under the eyes of an editor, but I’m not buyin’ it:

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How many times?

How many times can one writer tap out Comic-Con without its hyphen? Every time!

Each time the writer for Yahoo! News‘ “The Sideshow” goes for Comic-Con, he omits the hyphen:

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Sometimes he tries to insert a line break with the HTML tag <br>, but it’s not working:

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and agaom”

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Another attempt to insert a line break, compounding the error of the missing hyphen:

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The last one!

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But that’s not the only mistake he’s made. In fact, it’s rather minor compared to his assertion that Mr. DeLeeuw is crammed into what must be the only two-bedroom hotel in the world:

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And let’s not forget about homophonic errors:

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Every mother is a saint

If your mother is a saint, you can move her one step closer to official recognition from the Catholic Church this Mother’s Day with beatification:

Thanks to “The Thread” on Yahoo! Shine for this unique gift idea for Mom.

But wait! That’s not all! The brilliant writer behind this article suggests other options, including a Lily Pulitzer dress. (Don’t go looking for that dress online because it’s really a Lilly Pulitzer frock.) Another option has what looks like a Peter Pan collar with a similar style for Mom:

But wait! There’s more! There’s a misspelled superheroes! And there’s that accessories, which is supposed to be accessorize:

Who doesn’t know how to capitalize iPad? This paid professional writer:

Are we done yet? Of course not. The writer suggests you get Mom potted pants, which are something like drunken Levi’s. With mistakes like these, we shouldn’t expect the writer to know the difference between buy and by:

Any reader who managed to get through this article without wanting to spew is worthy of beatification.

It’s a mean time, but I’m not buying it

I don’t mean to be mean, but this is just unacceptable. A professional writer for Yahoo! Shine should know that meantime is one word (except Greenwich Mean Time, which is something else entirely). You can tell by her choice of words that her grasp of common English homophones is a bit wobbly:

Was she too busy to proofread? I’m not buying that excuse.

Itching to buy a dictionary

Someone should be itching to buy the fashion editor for Yahoo! Shine a dictionary:

And then maybe treat her to a tutoring session with a proofreader and an editor so that she’ll learn to avoid using too many words and the wrong homophone:

Time for a new career?

I’m beginning to feel sorry for this Yahoo! Shine writer, who obviously has problems with spelling, grammar, punctuation, and even facts and who doesn’t have the support of a competent editor. Under the right circumstances, she might be successful. But working for Yahoo!, she’s doomed to continue to embarrass herself and her employer before millions of readers.

The same mistakes keep showing up in her writing. Like misplacing in an apostrophe in what should be ’80s and typing random words. She also makes new mistakes with every article, like this spelling of what I take to be Chris Evert:

If she’d just take that hyphen out of timepiece and use it to create the compound adjective artist-commissioned, then this wouldn’t be too awful:

If someone would just inform her that in the U.S., a company is singular, she might figure out that the correct possessive pronoun to refer to a company is its:

For someone who’s obsessed with dividing words with a hyphen, she’s not very good at seeing when one is needed to join two words or a number and a word:

Is app a proper noun? No. There’s no cap for that:

Perhaps she has an explanation for misspelling Alessandro Mendini:

and for the arbitrary (and wrong) hyphen in watch face. Let’s just call her homophonous error a typo, although not everyone will buy that explanation:

A comma is almost as cool as a semicolon or a period, isn’t it?

You’ll get no snark from me. I’m feeling a little sorry for this writer whose chosen career presents her with so many challenges. Just a little.

Who’d buy that?

Are you buying this? Do you really believe that the writer for Yahoo! Shine thought by was the correct word here?

I’m not buying it

I’m not buying what this writer on Yahoo! Shine is trying to sell:

I’m betting Ms. Johnson said, “I’m going to buy her a lot of clothes.”

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