What to give Mom

Want to know what to give Mom this Mother’s Day? How about starting with a capital letter and avoiding this mistake on yahoo.com:

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There seems to be some confusion at Yahoo! when it comes to words like mother, mom, father, and dad. When should they be capitalized and when are they just a common noun? Here’s a simple answer: If it’s preceded by an adjective (including the articles a and the), it’s a common noun:

  • My mother is the best cook.
  • I’ve always said that Mom is the best cook.
  • A father is special man.
  • When Father came home, I jumped up from the chair.

Where have they been?

Where have the editors at Yahoo! News been during the past decade? Didn’t they read about Osama bin Laden and absorb the correct capitalization of his name?

bin laden lc news

I guess it could be worse. At least they didn’t refer to him as Obama bin Laden this time.

They’re too little

The editor-in-chief for Yahoo! TV went a little light when tapping out what should be Little Leaguers:

little leaguers tv

Little League and Little Leaguer are trademarks of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.

Jealous much?

Are the folks at the Yahoo! front page jealous of the success of Facebook? Could that be the reason they decided to downgrade the social media giant to the status of common noun?

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The real deal

Many people, including this Yahoo! Finance writer, believe that real estate agent is synonymous with Realtor. It is not. A Realtor (which is capitalized because it’s service mark) is a member the National Association of Realtors:

realtor fin

Please don’t teach English

I hope that the Yahoo! Finance writer who suggests that you could “Teach english” doesn’t take her own suggestion:

english lc fin

It’s not a gray area

In the U.S., the preferred spelling of the color that’s a mix of black and white is gray. But the writers at Yahoo! Style don’t care about that. They also don’t care that when referring to the footwear, Converse is a registered trademark:

grey converse sty

Bring those jobs back to the U.S.!

I’m kinda appalled by this on the Yahoo! front page:

fp womens apos

Is this really the best Yahoo! can do? Has the company outsourced all writing to a non-English-speaking country? Or are these errors the result of a public school education in the U.S.? How do you explain the fact that a professional writer or editor doesn’t know the possessive of women is women’s and that in the United States, Congress is a proper noun?

It’s not a hat

Apparently the editors of yahoo.com are unfamiliar with the Home Run Derby, but in the U.S. it’s an event that baseball lovers look forward to every year:

fp derby

So why didn’t the editors at yahoo.com know that it’s a proper noun? Maybe because they work in Mumbai or Bangaluru.

No celeb signings at this mecca

There were no celebrity signings at The Nice Guy, as reported by Yahoo! Style:

signing mecca cel sty

There were celebrity sightings, however. It seems the bar is a mecca for the celeb set, whatever that is. But it’s not Mecca, which refers to the holiest city of Islam. But it might be a mecca, which is a center of activity.


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