Clean up your flippin’ writing

When I was a kid, the only F-word we used when to express anger or frustration by using an adjective, was flippin‘. “I don’t want your flippin’ Hula Hoop!” I might yell. Or, “Get your flippin’ hands off my Howdy Doody puppet!” So, of course, I assume that the Yahoo! Sports writer was using flipping as a euphemism for another word beginning with F:

pitchers apos mlb

Does anyone really want a pitcher’s flipping bats? And which pitcher? I guess a pitcher’s flipping bats are more desirable than pitchers flipping bats. That could be dangerous.

Chickens’ hit

Why was the Yahoo! Style writer confused about how to form the possessive of a plural noun like chickens?

chickenss prom sty

Maybe she couldn’t decide if the apostrophe went before or after the S. So, she put it before and after the S. That’s actually quite a clever solution. Totally wrong, though.

If it ends in S, add an apostrophe

It seems that the writer for Yahoo! Style thinks that a word ending in S requires an apostrophe, even if it’s a simple plural:

models apos sty

Watch out for these annoying errors

If you’re reading Yahoo! Finance, watch out for the annoying errors, like this attempt at making traveler plural:

travelers fin

There’s no apostrophe in that plural, except in the mind of Yahoo!’s editors.

Belt and suspenders. Again

It seems writers at Yahoo! Celebrity still haven’t figured out how to form the possessive of a plural noun:

actorss apos cel

What this writer has managed to do was create the possessive of a noun that is both singular and plural. Very creative.

Are emoji plural? These writers certainly don’t know

What’s the plural of emoji? According to the folks at Yahoo! Style, it’s emojis. And emoji.

emojis sty

It looks like they can’t figure out which plural is correct (and heaven forbid they should consult a dictionary), so they used both plurals.

Apostrophes: Extraneous edition

Imagine going to the trouble and expense of creating a graphic for the Yahoo! Style home page, and then screwing it up by stuffing an apostrophe in a simple plural like Oscars:

oscars apos sty

Bring those jobs back to the U.S.!

I’m kinda appalled by this on the Yahoo! front page:

fp womens apos

Is this really the best Yahoo! can do? Has the company outsourced all writing to a non-English-speaking country? Or are these errors the result of a public school education in the U.S.? How do you explain the fact that a professional writer or editor doesn’t know the possessive of women is women’s and that in the United States, Congress is a proper noun?

Belt and suspenders?

Not sure how to form the possessive of a plural? Can’t decide if the apostrophe goes before or after the S? Just do what this Yahoo! Celebrity writer did! Put it before and after the apostrophe:

kardashianss cel

Just in case the writer (or editor) is reading this, here’s the rule: To form the possessive of a singular name, add an apostrophe followed by an S. To form the possessive of a plural name, add an apostrophe after the S: Kardashians’.

Do you remember anything?

Do you remember anything from third grade? If you’re this Yahoo! Makers writer, the answer would be, “not so much.” She apparently forgot how to form the plural of a noun (hint: it generally doesn’t include an apostrophe) and she forgot that valentine is not capitalized when you’re referring to a card:

valentines apo diy


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