You’re wrong with your word choice

I really don’t believe that the writer for Yahoo! Finance doesn’t know the difference between you’re (which is a contraction of you are) and your (which is a possessive pronoun):


It’s the kind of mistake I’ll prone to make even though I know the difference and my writing is otherwise perfect. Nearly.

What’s your editor doing?

You probably don’t want to do what this editor for Yahoo! Sports did — mistaking you’re for your:

youre dad mlb

I don’t think the writer is confused by a possessive pronoun (like your) and a contraction (you’re, meaning “you are”). He did manage to use you’re correctly at the start of the sentence.

Not loving this

I’m not loving this typo and homophonic error on Yahoo! Style:

who loving sty

Your famous?

If you’re famous, you might be mentioned on Yahoo! Style, with a homophonic error:

your famous sty

Your kidding

Whether you’re having fun pointing fingers at Yahoo! Makers writers or merely shaking your head in disbelief, things are bound to get silly when you read this:

your having fun diy

Your wrong

When you’re a writer, you have to know your ass from your elbow about grammar and spelling. Except if you write for Yahoo! Makers, then you don’t even have to know the difference between a possessive pronoun (like your) and a contraction (like you’re):

youre arm diy

If you’re taste buds, what am I?

If you’re wondering why the writing on Yahoo! Makers is full of miserable misspellings, grammatical gaffes, and terrible typos, consider this: The editor in chief of the website isn’t any better at English than her staff:

youre taste diy

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.

About your writing

If you’re writing for Yahoo! Style, you should be careful about your word choice:

your daniel sty

On second thought, don’t worry. Nobody at Yahoo! cares about your word choice or about the quality of your writing. Just be thankful you have a job.

You’re wrong

Here’s what you’re going to read on Yahoo! Style:

youre costume sty

I’m hopin’ this is just the result of a brain cramp and that the writer really knows that you’re is short for you are and that the possessive pronoun is your.

%d bloggers like this: