If it ends in S, add an apostrophe

It seems to be the punctuation philosophy at Yahoo! Makers: If a word ends in an S, add an apostrophe:

gets apos diy hp

Stay in school

Now that school’s out, I think the Yahoo! Celebrity editors should hit the grammar books and learn a little something about the use of an apostrophe in a contraction:

schools out cel

If it ends in S, give it an apostrophe

The basic rule of punctuation over at Yahoo! Style seems to be: If a word or name ends in S, add an apostrophe.

rivers apos passed sty

It may not be the worst mistake they’ll make and maybe there are people reading right past that error. But most people won’t get past the passed, which passes for past.

Were you at a bullfight?

Was the writer for Yahoo! Makers thinking about a bullfight and yelling olé when composing this?

ole apos diy

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.

Maybe Siri knows

Does anyone know why the editors at Yahoo! News put an apostrophe in the name of a conference that doesn’t have one?

developers apos news 2

Those sticklers for accuracy were so sure that the apostrophe belongs there, they included in a headline, too:

developers apos news

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:

developers apos tek

Someone should teach those News and Tech folks how to do a Google search. Or maybe they could just ask Siri.

It doesn’t belong in Guys Choice

What was my first clue that the writer at yahoo.com “corrected” the name of the Guys Choice awards? I looked at the picture. Maybe next time the writer will, too, and not add an apostrophe where it doesn’t belong.

fp guys choice apos

It’s missing something

It’s a missing apostrophe on the yahoo.com in what should be a contraction of it is:

fp its no apos

My curiosity is piqued

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:

cant remember piques

Here’s one person’s reaction

Yuk! That’s my reaction to the misplaced apostrophe on Yahoo! Style:

peoples sty

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’.

For lack of an apostrophe

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?

smalls sty

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.

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