It really wasn’t about unity and dialogue

If you heard the pope’s address to the United States Congress, you might have thought he highlighted unity and dialogue. But you would be wrong. The speech featured something like unity, but isn’t really unity, and something that might be called dialogue, but isn’t really dialogue. At least that’s how I interpret the quotation marks on the Yahoo! front page:

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Another interpretation is that the writer really has no idea when to use those pesky little marks.

Uncovering the quote

Holy moley. In what universe is the pronoun its correct in this sentence from Yahoo! Style?

its baring sty

What does it refer to? newbie? tools? I think the writer meant tools and just didn’t recognize it as a plural noun requiring the plural pronoun their. It’s a careless oversight, just like using the wrong closing quotation mark.

I’m calling T-shirts baring a quote total BS. T-shirts don’t bare quotes, though they’ve been known to bear them.

You writer the top, I’ll write the bottom

Should man bun be written with quotation marks around it? Yes. No. That’s the responses you’d get if you asked the people who write for

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Really? Is it so hard to make a decision like that and communicate it to others? Apparently, at Yahoo! it is.

Readers all scream “Wrong!”

If you’re quoting people who are screaming, you probably want to punctuate the scream with an exclamation mark. And unlike the writer for Yahoo! Shopping, you probably know it belongs inside the quotation marks:

summer excl shop

Whaddya wanna bet?

I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that this headline on was written by a millennial — someone in a generation that sees no value in spelling words correctly:

fp millenials slow

It’s also the same person who can’t decide if a phrase (like slow fade) needs to be surrounded in quotation marks.

Should we give this writer a “time-out”?

Does the person responsible for this misplaced question mark on Yahoo! Parenting deserve an editorial “time-out”?

time-out quest quot

Unless the words within quotation marks are a question, the question mark goes after the closing quote mark.

Was the other coke involved?

Was the editor involved with a little coke before writing this headline for

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Let’s see how long it takes the geniuses at Yahoo! to change that typo to Coca-Cola and to change infamous to famous. (Infamous is not a synonym for famous; it means notorious or well-known for a very, very bad reason.) Maybe they’ll also move that question mark so that it’s outside the quotation marks.

Suge? ‘Suge’? Who knows, who cares?

His name is Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr., although he’s known as just Suge Knight on the Yahoo! front page:

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Someone disagrees (or more likely, has no idea what the other writer did), and decided that Mr. Knight’s nickname needed some quotation marks:

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Which is correct? Does it matter? Just pick one and go with it.

You might think so…

You might think that this misspelling of Freida Pinto’s name on Yahoo! Style was just a silly little typo:

frieda 1

You would be wrong. In the article behind that headline, we find the writer commits another “typo” as well as an idiotic idiomatic mistake with arrived to instead of arrived at:

frieda 2

And just in case you still want to give the writer the benefit of the doubt, let me remove all doubt. The writer really, really thinks this is how you spell Freida:

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As for the punctuation, the placement of the comma may be OK in the UK, but in the States, commas and periods go before the closing quotation mark.

Sporting rings in fingers

I should have stopped reading this article on Yahoo! Style as soon as a spotted the misspelling of Pharrell Williams’ name:

pharell sty

I should have known that it was only going to be downhill from there. Where else would you see where for what I think should be were? Where else would you find out about Rihanna’s ability to wear rings in fingers, and not merely on them? And where else would a writer put quotation marks around a group of words for no apparent reason? Actually, anywhere on Yahoo where writers are free of the constraints of grammar and the watchful eye of a real editor.


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