If you want to write like the pros, don’t look to Yahoo! Makers for inspiration:
We all know that an apostrophe is used to create a possessive or a contraction. So, what how is this apostrophe used on Yahoo! Makers?
It’s not likely that it’s used to form the possessive of tis, is it? So it’s creating a contraction. But a contraction of what? It’s actually a contraction of it is. The first I is omitted and the correct contraction is ’tis.
‘Tis time to consider the writer’s use of the word mom. She should have made that Mom. Here’s a free, no-cost, gratis tip for the writer:
If you’re unsure if you should capitalize a term for a relative, try substituting the person’s name. If it makes a grammatically correct sentence, then capitalize the term. Try it: My mother is the best. (See? No capital M in mother.) But: It’s time to thank Mom.
If that doesn’t work for you, try this other hint: If the noun (mother, father, etc.) is preceded by a possessive pronoun (like my or his), don’t capitalize it. Like this: He thought his mother was the best. It’s time to thank your mom.
So, when the writer isn’t butchering the language, she’s butchering Sarah Michelle Gellar’s name. And to show that she really, really knows nothing of pop culture, she implies that Beyoncé and Solange’ mom has other daughters. Maybe they’re hidden in the walk-in closet, because the rest of the world knows of only those two.
Today’s Dumbest Statement comes to you via Yahoo! Style:
There’s just so many things wrong with this photo caption that maybe it qualifies for the Dumbest Statements of the Day. Or the month.
There’s the creative use of an apostrophe in Mr. Franco’s name, as if his first name is Jame.
There’s the horrendous claim that Jack Kilmer is Mr. Franco’s offspring. (Here’s a little clue to the writer: a progeny is a descendant or offspring. That’s not the same as a prodigy, which is the word a literate person would use.)
Let’s not overlook the parenthetical statement that implies James Franco is a 19-year-old, who starred in his own film, “Palo Alto.”
Finally we learn that James Franco, the 19-year-old, is a fan of Val Kilmer’s son and Saint Laurent, which strikes me as a bit of a non sequitur. Perhaps both James Franco and Saint Laurent are fans of Mr. Kilmer’s son. Who is also Mr. Franco’s son.
I’m so confused.