Are you British?

Do you think it’s kinda odd that the writer for yahoo.com used the non-American spelling colour on an U.S. site?

fp colour

I thought that was strange. I also thought pop lip was odd. What the heck is that? Well, after some sleuthing (not a lot, I admit), it turns out that the lipstick is called Pop Lip Colour + Primer, hence the British spelling. But if that’s the product’s name, why didn’t the writer capitalize it? Who knows?

Having a bad day?

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:

cel bible

Or maybe the writer is struggling with the whole transgender thing, and it’s affected his or her spelling:

cel trangender

That might explain difficulty with choosing a pronoun here:

cel pic of her

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.

No capital for this capitol

If you’re referring to the building where the Congress of the United States meets, that’s the Capitol. If you’re referring to the building where a state’s legislature sits, that’s a capitol. If you’re writing for the Yahoo! front page, you probably got it wrong:

fp capitol cap

Is the Shift key stuck?

Is there an epidemic of Shift keys locking up on the keyboards of Yahoo! Celebrity editors? How else would you explain this totally random (and totally wrong) use of capital letters in what should be children’s hospital?

childrens hospital cel

Whatever afflicted that keyboard also took hold of the keyboard of this editor, who didn’t realize that the plural of BFF had one capital letter too many:

bffs cel

Downplaying PlayStation

Did two people write this teaser on the Yahoo! front page, or was it one person who didn’t know how to capitalize PlayStation?

fp playstation

The video game console is PlayStation, with two capital letters in a capitalization style sometimes referred to as “camel case.”

Mad Libs of the Internet

Maybe it’s the result of a tight deadline. Maybe it’s the product of too many margaritas the night before. Whatever the reason for the errors in this excerpt from Yahoo! Style, readers are bound to notice and judge:

frisbee-like sty

Readers might not notice (or care about) the capitalized Queen. But if you follow the Associated Press style (as well as the style edicts of other authorities), you don’t capitalize queen unless it comes directly before the queen’s name.

Anyone is bound to notice that you’re left to fill in the blank between Middleton looked and in. It’s kinda like Mad Libs. “Gimme an adjective!” I’m going to suggest disheveled. Or maybe sesquipedalian.

Fashionistas wanting to clone the duchess’ style will be disappointed to learn that there is no Locke & Co. selling a Marisbel hat. There is a Marisabel hat offered by Lock & Co., though it retails for considerably more than $1.40. It’s Frisbee-like in its shape. And by Frisbee I mean that plastic disk that gets thrown around as well as the trademark that gets thrown around as if it were a common noun.

Do I repeat myself repeat myself?

Some things are worth repeating. Other things are best said only once. In this excerpt from Yahoo! Style, the writer felt it necessary to repeat the year (or she simply doesn’t proofread her own writing):

congress lc sty

That was unnecessary. What is necessary, however, is capitalizing Congress when referring to the federal legislative body of the United States.

Stick to what you know

It’s supposedly a tenet of writing to write what you know. Judging from this excerpt from Yahoo! Style editors (yes, that’s plural editors) should skip writing about basketball:

routing win cup sty

You don’t need to follow the sport to know LeBron James and how he capitalizes his first name. (It’s called camel case.) It’s such a common word in sports that it’s impossible to misspell overtime, though these guys manage to.

Maybe they were too busy digging around for Stephen Curry to root for him. Although if they’re hoping that he and the Golden State Warriors will win a cup, they’re going to be disappointed. A hockey team could win a cup (the Stanley Cup, that is), but the pinnacle in basketball is a trophy.

Cocaine on a plane

Did you know you can get cocaine on a plane? Even thought it has a “ludicrous price,” it’s available on board, according to Yahoo! Style:

coke sty

I usually ask for a Coke when I fly; next time I’ll be sure to specify I want the kind that comes in a can.

On the wrong side of the law

Male, female. It makes no difference. At least it makes no difference if you’re referring to Viagra. It’s a registered trademark that requires a capital V, not that skimpy little thing that they use on the Yahoo! front page:

fp viagra

That’s not the only trademark Yahoo! editors have ignored (or are ignorant of). There’s this:

fp popsicles

The folks who own the Popsicle trademark are pretty protective of it. Here’s what Popsicle website says:

Popsicle®, Creamsicle®, Fudgsicle® and Yosicle® are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies and can only be used to identify the frozen confection products of Unilever. They may not be used to refer to frozen confection products of other companies or frozen confection products generally…

So now that you know the cold facts, do the cool thing and stay on the right side of the law. Use Popsicle®, Creamsicle®, Fudgsicle® and Yosicle® only to identify our products, use these trademarks correctly, and don’t use them for any other purpose without our permission. We appreciate your cooperation.
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