The writers at Yahoo! Celebrity are sure to make a mistake on their home page:
There are more errors than you think that are on Yahoo! Style, including the use of who for a nonliving thing (twice!) and a holiday called Independence:
The pronoun who should be used only for people (and possibly animals with human-like characteristics); the correct word is that (in this excerpt) or which. The holiday the writer refers to is called Independence Day.
Readers of the Yahoo! front page are probably wondering if an adaption of a novel is anything like an adaptation:
It is. The word adaption means adaptation, the preferred word that appears far more often than adaption. Some authorities don’t recognize adaption as an actual word; some recommend replacing it with adaptation. And at least one says that you should never use both words.
If you live in the United States, you’ve heard of July 4th and the tradition of exploding fireworks. But if you write headlines for Yahoo! Makers you might be a little confused between the difference between firework (which is device that is exploded) and fireworks, the actual display of the explosive devices. And you might not know how to spell July:
That’s two mistakes that are simply made by careless writers or editors.
Someone (or someones) must be having a bad day over at Yahoo! Celebrity, because there’s more than an average number of mistakes on the site’s home page.
Maybe the writer is a bit under the weather, and didn’t think to hit the Shift key when writing about the Bible:
Or maybe the writer is struggling with the whole transgender thing, and it’s affected his or her spelling:
That might explain difficulty with choosing a pronoun here:
The pronoun her is close, and yet so wrong. A reflexive pronoun like herself is required when the pronoun refers to the subject of the sentence.
Well, the day is young (at least where I am); maybe it’ll get better for the folks at Yahoo.
I admit it: Sometimes I’m just really nitpicky. I read a sentence like this one on Yahoo! Makers and say (sometimes out loud): What the heck does the writer mean?
Is she saying that sitting down at a dinner table (as opposed to preparing that dinner) requires no thought, but a “picnic situation” (which I presume is different from a picnic) requires thought and planning? I don’t get the comparison. I also don’t get why logisics and differnt passed through the spell-checker unchecked. Oh, yeah, I forgot: Yahoo! writers don’t use spell-checkers. They also don’t believe in proofreading for missing words. But I quibble.
And and I don’t understand how a writer can misspell separately, since separate appears on every list of the 100 most commonly misspelled words. Shouldn’t a professional writer know that?
Is it nitpicky to expect that a writer would know that picnicing, if it were a real word, would be pronounced pick-nice-ing?
In order to maintain the hard C sound at the end of picnic, the writer should have added a K: picnicking. But I pick nits.
Have you heard of C-suite executives? They’re the men and women at the C-level of a corporation: chief executive officer, chief financial officer, chief operations officer and others. What do they wear? C-suits? That’s a new term just coined by a Yahoo! Finance writer, though I suspect she inadvertently dropped a letter:
Huh? I have no idea what prime ministers (AKA premiers) on a channel have to do with Caitlyn Jenner. Those editors at Yahoo! Style always manage to confuse me:
I think I’ll just give up trying to figure out what that means. I’m going to watch a little TV. Maybe I’ll catch Ms. Jenner’s show, which premieres on the E! network.