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.

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

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