Who’s responsible for this?

Who’s responsible for this gaffe on Yahoo! Style?

\whos dresses sty

Whose mistake is it? Who doesn’t know that who’s is a contraction of who is or who has?

Last time I checked

The last time I checked, last September occurred in 2015. But the writer for Yahoo! Style has a different definition of last:

last september sty

According to this vocabulary-challenged writer, last September occurred in 2014, which would be the last September before last September.

What are this black rinds?

Is it asking too much that the writers at Yahoo! Style use words that actually make sense?

this black rinds sty

Were the black rinds that Ms. Lovato was wearing from some citrus fruit, like a lemon or an orange? And why were they black? And why was she wearing those and not some thin black rings?

Hyphen happy

It’s not enough to be capitalization crazy, putting capital letters at the front of common nouns like holiday. No, that’s not enough for this Yahoo! Makers writer. She’s also idiom idiotic, with some crazy idiom stepping out, which makes no sense:

holiday cap diy

No, that’s not enough. She also happens to be hyphen happy, adding them indiscriminately in what should be seven-day lead-up. Two hyphens. That’s enough.

Won followed by another

Here’s one major gaffe from Yahoo! Style, followed by a complete headscratcher:

won sty

Why do Yahoo! writers and editors have so much trouble with forming the possessive of a plural noun? It’s simple: coworkers is the plural; coworkers‘ is the possessive.

How to avoid cyberbullying

Is this how the editors at Yahoo! Style avoid cyberbullying? By misspelling it?

cyberbulling sty

Life in the Royal Statute Factory

Although this writer for Yahoo! Style claims “we’ve all read the history books,” I don’t think she learned a lot:

ordinance sty

I’m not referring to her inability to pound out the word battlefield. Or her insistence on using a hyphen after an adverb ending in -LY. I’m referring to her mention of the Royal Ordinance Factory, which would be a place where statutes, regulations, or orders are manufactured.

It’s too bad there’s no ordinance prohibiting the incorrect use of words in a public place. This gal would be arrested and sent up the river because anyone who “read the history books” knows that military material, including weapons and ammunition, is ordnance.

Wrap yourself in this

The Yahoo! Style staff should try wrapping themselves in the pages of a dictionary. If someone taught them how to swathe themselves in words, they might improve their vocabulary:

swath sty

They might learn that swath is a noun, never a verb, which means “a wide path.” The verb that means “to wrap or envelop” is swathe.

Did you consult a dictionary?

I don’t think this writer for Yahoo! Makers is from the United States, because she doesn’t have a typical American vocabulary. Most Americans know that “dry goods” are textiles, fabric, clothing and the like. But not this gal, who thinks that dry food (which in my house means the kibble we feel the dog) is called dry goods:

dry goods diy

So where does the canned cranberry sauce fit in?

Here’s an idea for when you’re bored

Here’s a quick DIY for the Yahoo! Makers editor for when she’s bored at her parents’ house waiting for Thanksgiving Dinner: Let some basic, fourth-grade grammar focusing on the use of the apostrophe to form possessives:

parents diy


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