It seems to be the punctuation philosophy at Yahoo! Makers: If a word ends in an S, add an apostrophe:
Was the writer for Yahoo! Makers thinking about a bullfight and yelling olé when composing this?
That’s the only explanation I can come up with. Unless the writer meant to use a clipped version of the word old, which is ol’. The apostrophe signals the omission of a letter, so maybe I’m wrong. Maybe that’s short for oleo.
Does anyone know why the editors at Yahoo! News put an apostrophe in the name of a conference that doesn’t have one?
Those sticklers for accuracy were so sure that the apostrophe belongs there, they included in a headline, too:
But that’s not all. You’d expect the editors at Yahoo! Tech would be a little more attuned to the spelling, but no, they’ve made the same mistake:
Someone should teach those News and Tech folks how to do a Google search. Or maybe they could just ask Siri.
I’m really curious about the writers at Yahoo! Style. How did they get they job writing for a site that’s viewed by millions of people, and yet know so little about English? I’ve been wondering that for as long as I can remember. It piques my interest. You might even say my interest peaked after reading this:
Yuk! That’s my reaction to the misplaced apostrophe on Yahoo! Style:
The word people is already plural; its possessive form is people’s (just like the possessive forms women’s, men’s, and children’s).
There’s one exception: If you mean peoples (a group of individuals sharing a common culture, religion, or language) like the peoples of North Africa, then the possessive is peoples’.
Lots of actors have played a role as challenging as Hamlet or Macbeth. But no one has played a role as challenging as Joan Smalls. Frankly, I never even knew there was a character named Joan Smalls. The only Joan Smalls I’ve ever heard of is a model. But who am I to question the genius writers at Yahoo! Style?
Of course, if the writer meant that Joan Smalls faced a challenging role, then that would require an apostrophe: a role as challenging as Joan Smalls‘.