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.

About your mistake

Maybe if you’re agitated or nervous you make the same mistake as this Yahoo! Makers writer:

your agitated

I really don’t think professional writers don’t know the difference between your (meaning belonging to you) and you’re (a contraction of you are). I think it’s just a careless mistake, right? Right?

As you’re writing your article…

As you’re writing your blog post, Facebook comment, or senior thesis, be sure to use the correct words. You don’t want to look like this writer for Yahoo! Makers:

your protecting diy

You are food

You are food. No, I don’t mean that you’re food for large carnivores. You are food is what the writer for Yahoo! Makers wrote when she used a contraction instead of the correct possessive pronoun your:

youre food diy

That mistake sits atop most lists of writing errors that make the writer look dumb.

If you don;t like this…

If you don’t like the use of a semicolon to form a contraction, you won’t like this caption from Yahoo! Makers. But it doesn’t stop there: Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, the writer (who happens to be the site’s editor in chief) doesn’t know the difference between you’re and your and she omitted the hyphen in the compound adjective store-bought:

dont like youre diy

Is that you’re name?

If your name is in the byline for this article from Yahoo! Style, you may want to find another vocation — or at least a competent editor:

youre name sty

How many can you find?

Here’s a fun game brought to you by Yahoo! Makers. How many homophonic errors can you find in a single article on the site? It’s really not hard to spot the pales instead of pails:

palettes diy 0

Searching for homophones, you’ll pass a totally random comma, followed by a totally random capitalized Chief. The split backyard isn’t the worst mistake you’ll come across on the way to the palettes that should be pallets.

palettes diy 1

You might not notice this (but I did): That paragraph claims the article was written by someone working for Katie Brown. But one look at the article’s byline says otherwise:

palettes brown

Oopsie. Don’t you love it when you catch a writer in a lie?

Back to our homophone hunt: Passing the now one-word backyard, you’re bound to find an error that even your kids can spot:

palettes diy 11

Overlooking the incorrectly capitalized plywood, you’ll find another palettes:

palettes 22

This is where you’ll find the next homophonic horror, a confusion of where for wear:

palettes diy 3

Holy moley, there’s another palettes and a comma where a semicolon belongs:

palettes diy 4

One more palettes? This has got to be the last:

palettes diy 5

Nope. There’s one more and a little advice, which I take to mean “pallets that are the same height”:

palettes diy 6

How many did you find? I found these four: Pales/pails. Palettes/pallets. You’re/your. Where/wear. What about you?

You’re having fun

Whether you’re having fun ridiculing the writing on Yahoo! or getting friends together for a drink or drinks, you’re sure to enjoy this from Yahoo! Makers:

your having diy


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