Kick off that hyphen

The editor of this headline on Yahoo! Beauty should kick off that hyphen:

kick-off bea

Kick-off is a noun; the phrasal verb is kick off.

Rip off that hyphen

Is this headline on Yahoo! Style a rip-off or an original? Did the writer rip off another site?

rip-off sty

I don’t think it’s a rip-off; I think the writer is completely able to use a noun (rip-off) where a phrasal verb (rip off) is required.

Carrie Underwood’s son

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.

More wrong than right?

The only way this teaser on Yahoo! Makers could have more errors is if they had called it “Daly Maid”:

toquitos diy

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 just one

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:

that has been diy

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.

Stick to what you know

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:

routing win cup sty

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.

Welcome. Now go away

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:

absolutley diy

This headline is missing the hyphens that would make it a 20-year-old:

20 year old diy

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:

neighbourhoods diy

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?

hemmingway diy

Maybe the writer didn’t attend high school in the U.S. Or anywhere.

Kick off that hyphen!

Here we go: An unnecessary (and wrong) hyphen on the home page of Yahoo! Style:

kick-off sty

If you’re going to kick off an article with a headline, make sure you know the difference between a phrasal verb (such as kick off) and a noun (like kickoff or the alternative, kick-off).

The value of a postmortem

At some websites, writers and editors hold a daily postmortem to discuss the popularity of articles appearing on their site.  At Yahoo! Style the writers and editors should hold a meeting to figure out why they can’t even spell postmortem:

post-mortem sty

This is just not right

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:

right-of-passage diy

So wrong — and yet so innovative! Is the ability to misspell a common idiom in multiple ways a rite of passage for Yahoo! writers?


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 998 other followers

%d bloggers like this: