It’s the real standout

It’s a Yahoo! Finance article about Verizon’s purchase of Yahoo!, but its homophonic error is the real standout:


It can be seen in its entirety below

The Yahoo! Sports writer mistakes it’s (which means it is or it has) with its, which can be seen in its entirety below:

its entirety

What it’s best known for

I don’t know what Yahoo! Finance is best known for. Could it be the typos? Or is it best known for its writers’ inability to distinguish a contraction (like, oh, say, maybe it’s) from a possessive pronoun (like its)?

is best know fin

On it is own

This article from Yahoo! Beauty could use an editor because on its own it’s a little bit of a mess:

on its own bea

Reaching its natural conclusion

If you read this on Yahoo! Sports, would you reach its natural conclusion: This writer doesn’t know the difference between its (a possessive pronoun) and it’s (a contraction of it is or it has)?

its apos spo bls

Totally random, totally wrong

It’s no wonder that the byline for this article is simply “Yahoo! Style staff.” If I wrote that poorly, I wouldn’t want my name attached to the article, either. Among the many, many mistakes is this totally random use of an apostrophe and a couple of apostrophes that go missing:

subjects sty

Why didn’t anyone notice that subjects is missing its apostrophe and the plural of bathroom doesn’t have an apostrophe? Didn’t someone spot the misspelling of Ashley? Doesn’t anyone at Yahoo! know that it’s (and not its) is a contraction for it is? Did it really take the entire “staff” to make that many gaffes in one sentence?

It’s it’s but it’s wrong

The writing on Yahoo! Makers reached its lowest level with this misuse of the contraction it’s instead of the possessive pronoun its:

its lowest levels diy

This may be a record

This excerpt from Yahoo! Style may be a new record for Terribly Write: The most errors in a single sentence:

rnc chair sty

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).

It’s even better

You know what’s even better than this sentence on the Yahoo! front page? The contraction it’s with an apostrophe:

fp its better

It’s a lock for worst error of the day

It’s a lock for the worst error of the day on

fp its a lock

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