Today?s top typos

Today’s top two typos come to you from the home page of Yahoo! Style here:

sty hp weeks

and here:

sty hp insitute

and here:

daughers

and here’s another one!

instgrams

Dumbest Statement of the Day

Today’s Dumbest Statement comes to you via Yahoo! Style:

james francos progeny

There’s just so many things wrong with this photo caption that maybe it’s qualifies for the Dumbest Statements of the Day. Or the month.

There’s the creative use of an apostrophe in Mr. Franco’s name, as if his first name is Jame.

There’s the horrendous claim that Jack Kilmer is Mr. Franco’s offspring. (Here’s a little clue to the writer: a progeny is a descendant or offspring. That’s not the same as a prodigy, which is the word a literate person would use.)

Let’s not overlook the parenthetical statement that implies James Franco is a 19-year-old, who starred in his own film, “Palo Alto.”

Finally we learn that James Franco, the 19-year-old, is a fan of Val Kilmer’s son and Saint Laurent, which strikes me as a bit of a non sequitur. Perhaps both James Franco and Saint Laurent are fans of Mr. Kilmer’s son. Who is also Mr. Franco’s son.

I’m so confused.

Mistakes aplenty

There are mistakes aplenty on Yahoo! Style. And this intrusive use of the apostrophe is just one:

aplenty

What the heck did the writer think was the purpose of that apostrophe? Did she think it showed  the omission of a number? Or a letter? To me the only thing it shows is the writer’s ignorance.

This week’s worst punctuation error

OK, so maybe it’s not the worst punctuation error on Yahoo! Style. Maybe it’s just one of this week’s worst errors:

weeks best no apos

Let’s get it right

Let’s get this straight: There’s a time when there should be an apostrophe in let’s, but this from Yahoo! Style isn’t one of them:

lets apos sty

With an apostrophe, it’s an contraction of let us.

Meet the world’s most famous blogger

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:

worlds diy

Not going to great lengths

The writer for Yahoo! Style didn’t exactly go to great lengths to come up with the right word for a common idiom and a common abbreviation:

through lengths sty

The abbreviation for identification is ID; its plural is IDs (though the singular is probably correct in this context).

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

Just one person?

There’s just one American whose confidence in housing is on the rise, according to Yahoo! Finance:

americans apos fin

How many grooms were there?

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:

grooms sty

and it ain’t here:

grooms sty 2

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.

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