One day’s worth of errors

This doesn’t represent one day’s worth of errors; it just represents a single error in a single caption on Yahoo! Style:

three weeks worth sty

This is what the Associated Press calls a quasi possessive. If you’re as confused about whether it requires an apostrophe, I have a little trick you can use so you don’t embarrass yourself in public.

Let’s make sure this is correct

Let’s pretend that the Yahoo! Style writer knows what a contraction is and knows that it requires an apostrophe:

lets make sty

Clean up your flippin’ writing

When I was a kid, the only F-word we used when to express anger or frustration by using an adjective, was flippin‘. “I don’t want your flippin’ Hula Hoop!” I might yell. Or, “Get your flippin’ hands off my Howdy Doody puppet!” So, of course, I assume that the Yahoo! Sports writer was using flipping as a euphemism for another word beginning with F:

pitchers apos mlb

Does anyone really want a pitcher’s flipping bats? And which pitcher? I guess a pitcher’s flipping bats are more desirable than pitchers flipping bats. That could be dangerous.

This isn’t baseball

Well, at least the editors at Yahoo! Movies managed to get one possessive form right in this headline:

neesons mov

If this were baseball they’d be batting .500.

If it ends in S, add an apostrophe

It seems that the writer for Yahoo! Style thinks that a word ending in S requires an apostrophe, even if it’s a simple plural:

models apos sty

What were you thinking of?

Lots o’ luck trying to figure out what the writer for Yahoo! Style thinks an apostrophe means here:

pot of gold sty

An apostrophe can indicate the omission of a letter. What letter could be missing in pot ‘o gold? Did the writer mean pot so gold? Pot to gold? Or maybe pot no gold?

Readers and English are the victims here

Who are the real victims of the carelessness of the editors at The readers:

fp victims

The victims’ injuries may not be visible, but readers and their language suffer when professional scribes fail to adhere to common rules of grammar and punctuation.

Watch out for these annoying errors

If you’re reading Yahoo! Finance, watch out for the annoying errors, like this attempt at making traveler plural:

travelers fin

There’s no apostrophe in that plural, except in the mind of Yahoo!’s editors.

Apostrophes: Extraneous edition

Imagine going to the trouble and expense of creating a graphic for the Yahoo! Style home page, and then screwing it up by stuffing an apostrophe in a simple plural like Oscars:

oscars apos sty

If you ever travel back in time…

If you ever get stuck in  a time warp in the twentieth century, be prepared! Yahoo! Style has the information you need about appropriate jewelry for the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s:

ages sty

Seriously, when used with numbers, an apostrophe indicates a missing digit or two. What the heck did the writer think the apostrophes meant?


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