Editing and proofreading are the perfect combination

Editing and proofreading are the perfect combination to avoid the kind of grammatical error like this one from Yahoo! Style:

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Chickens’ hit

Why was the Yahoo! Style writer confused about how to form the possessive of a plural noun like chickens?

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Maybe she couldn’t decide if the apostrophe went before or after the S. So, she put it before and after the S. That’s actually quite a clever solution. Totally wrong, though.

Striking the wrong chord

Nothing in this photo caption on Yahoo! Style hits the right note or strikes a chord with me:

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I’m embarrassed for the writer. She managed to screw up a common expression in two ways: The expression is “hit the right note” or “strike a chord” (but she can’t even use the correct homophone in the latter). It’s followed in the same sentence with a mismatched subject and verb. And to prove that she’s not just grammatically and verbally impaired, she shows that she knows little about the subject of this mess by misspelling Céline. I’ve read high school newspapers that are better written and edited than this.

How soon we forget

It hasn’t been a week since the passing of Prince, yet the editors at yahoo.com seem to have forgotten his name:

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Lottie Moss: Model or photographer?

Lottie Moss isn’t just a model, she’s also a photographer. Who knew that someone who makes her living in front of a camera, also steps behind it?

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Who knew? Not this Yahoo! Style writer, who thinks that models are behind cameras, not in front of them.

Cue the music!

Before you cue the music, you might want to make sure that the music is queued up.

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From Yahoo! Sports.

Headline leads to confusion

Will a reward lead to information that leads to a gunman? Is that what the editors at yahoo.com were trying to say, but failed?

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Now and then, you make a mistake

Now and then I come across a really bad mistake in a common idiom, and I don’t know if it’s a typo or the result of the writer’s ignorance. This time the goofy gaffe is from Yahoo! Beauty:

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Punctuation friendly headline

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

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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.

Continually making mistakes

Writers at Yahoo! Style continually make mistakes. And here’s one more:

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If the writers and editors never, ever stopped making mistakes, if they made mistakes ceaselessly without interruption, then they would be making mistakes continuously. But even they aren’t that bad. Just bad enough to confuse continuously with continually.

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