I wouldn’t want a byline

I think the writer for Yahoo! Makers didn’t want a byline for this article because he or she knew it wasn’t a model of journalistic excellence:

epsom salt diy

It’s just a tad sloppy, isn’t it? There’s the use of you instead of your. The missing hyphen in what should be old-fashioned. The lowercase and missing S in Epsom salts. And a torn-apart cheesecloth. Heck, if I made that many mistakes in two sentences, I wouldn’t want my name associated with it either.

From the e. e. cummings school of journalism

The writer of this headline on Yahoo! Politics either attended the e.e. cummings school of journalism or is using a keyboard with a broken Shift key:

parenthood washington news

Using lowercase letters for proper nouns like Planned Parenthood and Washington is the sort of thing you’d expect from a tween who thinks it’s cool to buck convention. It’s not what you’d expect from a website trying to gain respectability.

Where in the world?

Where in the world did the writer for Yahoo! Style get the idea that there was a capital K in the city Oshkosh?

oshkosh sty

Maybe the writer was thinking of the children’s clothing line OshKosh B’gosh.

So, what was the Yahoo! Beauty writer thinking when she wrote about the Chinese city Kong Hong?

kong hong

Maybe she was hungry and was distracted by thoughts of sum dim.

Not to be outdone by the errors of other Yahoo! staffers, the writer for Yahoo! Sports came up with a creative spelling of Copperstown (and omitted the hyphen in Dominican-born):

coopertown spo

What is it about cities? Why are they so hard to spell correctly? Or is it just hard for Yahoo! staff?

My ‘aha’ moment

Reading this on Yahoo! Makers, I had an “aha” moment: This writer is in need of a competent editor and a course in English and writing:

a-ha diy

It wasn’t the incorrectly capitalized portobello; it wasn’t even the incorrectly hyphenated aha, although both indicate a careless writer unfamiliar with a basic dictionary. It was the dangling participle styling, which leads readers to believe that Mushroom Savanna did the styling of the fungi.

I’d be Blogger Laura

Whoa! Here’s a coupla creative uses of capital letters on Yahoo! Beauty:

actress model cap bea

Can you imagine if everyone thought it was correct to capitalize a person’s occupation when it preceded a name? Then we’d be reading about bombastic Businessman Donald Trump, retiring Comedian Jon Stewart, and the late Author E.L. Doctorow.

And I’d be Blogger Laura. Hey, I kinda like that.

Where have you been?

For the last several weeks you couldn’t read a newspaper (remember those?), look at a news site on the Web, or check out the Yahoo! front page without seeing a mention of the Confederate flag. Apparently the writer of this gem hasn’t been paying attention:

fp confederate flag

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


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