You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

Unable to agree whether time saving should be hyphenated when used as an adjective, the editors at yahoo.com have it both ways:

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Blogger confirms: Hyphens are hard

Using a hyphen correctly is harder than you think. At least it’s too hard for the Yahoo! Style editors:

12 yo boy

If you’re writing an age, use two hyphens (12-year-old boy) unless you’re using the word years (he’s 12 years old).

What did you expect?

I shouldn’t be surprised at the number of mistakes made in a simple photo caption on Yahoo! Travel. None of them is horrifying, but taken together, they give off an amateurish vibe. I might have ignored the totally random hyphen, the misspelled restaurants (don’t these people have a spell-checker?), the missing S in miles, but I can’t ignore the overall effect:

afterall tra

But mistakes are to be expected; after all, this is Yahoo!.

Someone should go back to school

Someone (or maybe some two) should go back to school and figure out if back to school should be hyphenated when it’s used as an adjective. ‘Cause these folks at yahoo.com just can’t figure it out:

fp back-to-school

That looks kinda like this, except different:

fp back to school

It really just takes a few minutes to make a decision and communicate it to others to fix this mess. Don’t hold your breath.

I wouldn’t want a byline

I think the writer for Yahoo! Makers didn’t want a byline for this article because he or she knew it wasn’t a model of journalistic excellence:

epsom salt diy

It’s just a tad sloppy, isn’t it? There’s the use of you instead of your. The missing hyphen in what should be old-fashioned. The lowercase and missing S in Epsom salts. And a torn-apart cheesecloth. Heck, if I made that many mistakes in two sentences, I wouldn’t want my name associated with it either.

Didn’t get that H-1B visa?

I think this writer for Yahoo! Finance was rejected for an H-1B visa, so is writing from Mumbai, where they don’t know that there’s no hyphen in CEO and only one hyphen in H-1B:

ceo fin vid

Not discreetly placed

This hyphen from Yahoo! Style is not discreetly placed; it’s as clear as day:

discretely-placed sty

If you care about writing that is scrupulously correct, you wouldn’t put a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and the word that follows it. If you care about being understood and not looking like an undereducated dilettante, you’d use discreet when you’re referring to something that was designed to attract little attention.

Newly released hyphen use

I lied. This use of the hyphen on the Yahoo! front page is not new; in fact, this mistake happens every day on Yahoo!:

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There’s no reason to put a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and the word that it modifies. The suffix -LY is the signal to the reader that the adverb modifies the word that follows it.

My ‘aha’ moment

Reading this on Yahoo! Makers, I had an “aha” moment: This writer is in need of a competent editor and a course in English and writing:

a-ha diy

It wasn’t the incorrectly capitalized portobello; it wasn’t even the incorrectly hyphenated aha, although both indicate a careless writer unfamiliar with a basic dictionary. It was the dangling participle styling, which leads readers to believe that Mushroom Savanna did the styling of the fungi.

Will this produce reader pushback?

Readers of yahoo.com might consider a little pushback when it comes to the Internet giant’s policy of refusing to proofread or edit its content. Maybe then it would eliminate repeated words and arbitrary hyphens in words like pushback:

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But is pushback, even if spelled correctly, the right word? Probably not. It means a resistance or opposition to something, like a policy, plan, or strategy. What Macy’s is doing competing with Amazon or responding to Amazon.

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