Uniquely unprepared to edit

The editors at the Yahoo! front page seem uniquely unqualified to perform their jobs. They just can’t remember that there’s no hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY (like, oh, say, maybe uniquely) and the word that follows it:

fp uniquely-shaped

Punctuation friendly headline

Here’s a headline from Yahoo! Style that’s a tad hyphen happy:

environmentally-friendly sty

There’s no need for a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and the word it modifies. The -LY is the signal to the reader that the adverb modifies the word following it.

Nice try, but wrong

I gotta give the Yahoo! Celebrity writer credit for trying to use hyphens in a compound modifier. But not too much credit, because he got it wrong:

five-to-eight cel

He tried to combine “five-second to eight-second technical issue,” which is admirable. But the result isn’t quite right. The correct use of hyphens is: five- to eight-second technical issue.

News gets worse

It looks like Yahoo! News is trying out a new format (at least that’s what I see in Firefox). Too bad the Internet giant didn’t spend a little more time training some proofreaders and teaching their editors to writer shorter headlines that fit into the now limited spaces:

new news hp

Do you need a hands-on editor?

I’m here, getting hands-on with this excerpt from Yahoo! Sports:

along way spo

That missing hyphen isn’t so bad, but the rest of the sentence is a long way from correct.

Here’s a slip-up (or two or three) that went unnoticed by the brain trust at Yahoo! Style:

slip up backfired sty

I don’t know if a slip-up (which, as a noun, requires a hyphen) can backfire, since a slip-up is an accidental mistake and backfire is usually reserved for conscious errors. But I’ll let that one go. What I can’t let go is the last sentence in the paragraph. What the heck does that mean? I think it means the writer is unfamiliar with English.

Hall of Fame of hyphens

If there were a Hall of Fame for hyphen overuse, this writer for Yahoo! Sports would be in it:

hall-of-fame spo

There’s no reason to hyphenate Hall of Fame, even when it’s used as an adjective; there’s no danger of the reader misunderstanding an unhyphenated Hall of Fame.

Readers are mouthing off

Readers are mouthing off about the vocabulary-challenged writers at Yahoo! Style:

mouthing off sty

It seems that the writers think that mouthing off means “discussing.” It does not. It means “speaking impudently or talking back.” Or just plain “sassing.” As for the hyphen in heartthrobs? Most dictionaries say the word is unhyphenated.

When a weeklong is too long

Here’s a word that’s too long by one character:

week-long news

According to the Associated Press Stylebook, the American Heritage Dictionary, and numerous other authorities, it should be weeklong. According to Yahoo! News, the dictionary spelling is just a suggestion.

How to tell if you need a vacation

I think the writer for Yahoo! Makers needs a little vacation. Maybe just a little getaway to help her relax. Perhaps she’d spend a little time with a dictionary and learn to spell some common words and rid herself of her obsession with hyphens:

get-a-way diy


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