OK, I lied. You will not meet the world’s most famous blogger in this blog. I don’t even know if the world has a most famous blogger. I was just trying to illustrate the punctuation that the editors for Yahoo! Makers should have used here:
If you read the story that accompanies these photo captions on Yahoo! Style (but really, why would you?) you’d learn that there was only one groom at this wedding. So, it looks like the writer had no idea where to put the apostrophe to show a possessive. It ain’t here:
and it ain’t here:
At least she was consistent, which is more than I can say when in comes to spelling the groom’s party attire — somehow it’s both bow ties and bowties.
If there were a prize for really embarrassing writing mistakes, this writer from Yahoo! Style would be in contention. There are few errors more embarrassing than misspelling the topic of your article. Like Lilly Pulitzer:
It’s possible to overlook the missing apostrophe in what should be the possessive brand’s. But no one with a basic knowledge of grammar can overlook this mismatch of subject and verb:
This writer’s style lacks a certain cachet — literally. She chose cache (which is pronounced cash and refers to concealed valuables or a type of computer storage) instead of the correct cachet.
Finally, convinced she knows how to spell Pulitzer and proving herself wrong again, she provides more evidence that she’s not going to be winning any prizes anytime soon:
Take a peek at this capitalization (or rather, lack of capitalization) of Christmas on Yahoo! DIY:
Who doesn’t know to capitalize the holiday? The same person who doesn’t know that using that to refer to human beings is considered impolite. The pronoun who would be more to Emily Post’s liking.
Just one peek into this paragraph reminds us that the writer isn’t fond of capitalizing holidays like Valentine’s Day:
Or Mother Nature:
Reading that, you feel like you are really peeking into the mind of the writer, who has trouble picking the right homophone and who forgets to use an apostrophe to show that it’s kids’ art.
The grammar police should make an arrest at the yahoo.com headquarters for this gaffe:
Did that really sound right to the writer? If so, then he or she needs to hang around people who speak proper English and start reading something other than Facebook timelines and Twitter posts.
The correct pronoun is the possessive his because being is a gerund, which is a verb functioning as a noun. The writer could have avoided this embarrassment by simply writing “by his arrest.” Easy, no?