Can you spot it?

Can you spot the misspelling from yahoo.com?

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The white dog with the spots is a Dalmatian. The breed is named after Dalmatia, an area on the Adriatic Sea.

Maybe this wasn’t written in this country

While reading this photo caption on Yahoo! Style, I was struck by the writer’s use of the British whilst:

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Perhaps Yahoo! outsourced the writing to an almost-English-speaking country. Maybe this was written for a UK site, and not for the American market. Maybe that’s why the writer capitalized queen; in some countries that are not the United States, that might actually be correct. And maybe that Lady Fag she writes of isn’t related to Ladyfag, the writer from New York City. The typo of that for than might be okie-dokie in the land where she lives. But in no English-speaking country is is what makes an acceptable substitute for the correct are what make.

It’s not the same

Some people believe that real estate agent is a synonym for Realtor. One of those people writes for Yahoo! Finance:

realtor-lc-fin

A Realtor is a member of the National Association of Realtors. All Realtors are real estate agents, but not all real estate agents are Realtors. The word Realtor is a service mark of the organization and is a proper noun.

Like the city in Belgium

You don’t need to take a trip to Belgium to know that its capital is Brussels. You don’t even need to be a college graduate, because most of us learned that fact in eighth grade. Most of us, but not everyone at Yahoo! Style, where someone forgot the S at the end of the city’s name:

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The vegetable, believed to be named for the Belgian city, is the Brussels sprout (or sometimes, brussels sprout).

Does your Rolodex include an editor?

Perhaps if the writer for Yahoo! TV had the services of an editor, he would have known that Rolodex is a trademark meriting a capital letter:

rolodex-tv

File that away for future reference.

Warren capital letters

Are the folks at Yahoo! Finance waging a war on the use of capital letters? Is that why they neglected to capitalize Warren Buffett’s name?

warren buffett lc fin

Is Yahoo anti-Republican?

Is this a political statement from the editors at yahoo.com? Are they so anti-Republican that they won’t even recognize the party as a proper noun?

fp republican lc

Capital punishment

Stop. comparing. me. to. an. editor.

That could have been written by the editor at yahoo.com who isn’t clear when to capitalize mother:

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Here’s a hint: Don’t capitalize mother, father, sister, and the like if the word is preceded by an adjective. So, it’s my mother, a great father, my mean-girl sister.

An American gets no respect

There’s no respect for an American flag over at Yahoo! Style, where the writer seems to have forgotten which indefinite pronoun to use and the location of her Shift key:

a american sty

Try a less stressful job

Perhaps this Yahoo! Finance writer should consider a less stressful job — one that didn’t require her to be familiar with common English expressions, or know that Social Security (when referring to the U.S. benefits program) is a proper noun, or realize that “steep sacrifices” doesn’t make a whole lotta sense:

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