The editor of this headline on Yahoo! Beauty should kick off that hyphen:
Kick-off is a noun; the phrasal verb is kick off.
It’s not uncommon to see hyphens where they don’t belong on Yahoo! Style. It’s not uncommon to see a misspelled name. (Carrie Underwood’s son is Isaiah.) What’s less common is the use of two different pronouns to refer to the same antecedent:
Only one of those pronouns is correct, and it’s not the misspelled thier. They both refer to E!, which is short for E! Online. It’s a singular noun that should be referred to by the singular pronouns it and its.
The only way this teaser on Yahoo! Makers could have more errors is if they had called it “Daly Maid”:
Possibly the worst of the errors is the name of the site, which is called Yahoo! DIY, the previous name of Yahoo! Makers. Obviously, the editors are recycling this article, but didn’t bother to correct the errors, including the name of the site and the misspelled taquitos. And you can’t tell from reading this, but the “toquitos” aren’t leftovers; the turkey is the leftover. The recipe is for leftover-turkey taquitos.
Miley Cyrus is one the many celebrities who have been the subject of articles on Yahoo! Makers. And of course, those articles contain mistakes. It doesn’t take a 22-page book on grammar to understand the errors and how to correct them:
It should be easy for anyone with a basic English education to spot them. Although that isn’t grammatically incorrect, it’s considered impolite to use in reference to a person; who is preferred. The verb has been is just out-and-out wrong, since the verb should agree with the plural subject celebrities. The compound adjective 22-page requires a hyphen.
It’s supposedly a tenet of writing to write what you know. Judging from this excerpt from Yahoo! Style editors (yes, that’s plural editors) should skip writing about basketball:
You don’t need to follow the sport to know LeBron James and how he capitalizes his first name. (It’s called camel case.) It’s such a common word in sports that it’s impossible to misspell overtime, though these guys manage to.
Maybe they were too busy digging around for Stephen Curry to root for him. Although if they’re hoping that he and the Golden State Warriors will win a cup, they’re going to be disappointed. A hockey team could win a cup (the Stanley Cup, that is), but the pinnacle in basketball is a trophy.
The home page of a website is like a Welcome mat, but at Yahoo! Makers it’s more like a Go Away mat. You’ll look, see a mistake or two or three or four, and just want to click somewhere else.
I don’t know why anyone would hang around this site after reading this. This is absolutely not absolutely:
This headline is missing the hyphens that would make it a 20-year-old:
If I were reading a site created in the UK, this wouldn’t be a problem. But this is definitely not the preferred spelling in my neighborhood:
Didn’t we all read something by Ernest Hemingway when we were in high school? And didn’t we all learn to spell his name?
Maybe the writer didn’t attend high school in the U.S. Or anywhere.
Yahoo! Makers’ writers display some really creative ideas — especially when it comes to the English language. I’ve references to a “right of passage,” but have never seen one that had the additional creativity of hyphens:
So wrong — and yet so innovative! Is the ability to misspell a common idiom in multiple ways a rite of passage for Yahoo! writers?