Climbing the journalistic ladder

How did the editor in chief of Yahoo! Makers make it to that somewhat lofty position when she knows so little about language and grammar? On the home page of the site, she writes about this DIY ladder:

palette mak hp

This is a palette:


The ladder in question is made of pallets. Is that homophonic mistake just the result of a mental hiccup? Does the editor in chief really not the difference between a palette and a pallet. Uh, yes, she doesn’t know the difference. In the article behind that headline she writes:

palette mak art

Is it any wonder that the writing on Yahoo! Makers isn’t up to the standards of a typical high school newspaper?

For some writers, it’s a right of passage

It’s almost a rite of passage on Yahoo! Makers: Every writer for that site must make at least one homophonic mistake to be accepted into the world of professional hacks:

right of pass mak

Who’s responsible for this?

Who’s responsible for this gaffe on Yahoo! Style?

\whos dresses sty

Whose mistake is it? Who doesn’t know that who’s is a contraction of who is or who has?

Won followed by another

Here’s one major gaffe from Yahoo! Style, followed by a complete headscratcher:

won sty

Why do Yahoo! writers and editors have so much trouble with forming the possessive of a plural noun? It’s simple: coworkers is the plural; coworkers‘ is the possessive.

How to effect actual change

To effect actual change in the quality of writing at Yahoo! Movies, the site would have to employ competent editors — editors who know when to use affect and effect:

affect change mov

If you learned that affect is a verb and effect is a noun, you only learned half the story. Both affect and effect can be either a verb or a noun. The verb usage of effect is less common than its usage as a noun, but when you need a word to mean “bring about, make happen, or cause,” the word  is effect.

Leather goods not moving

Is there an unnecessary comma here on Yahoo! Style?

stationary sty

I think the writer is referring to stationary leather goods — leather goods that don’t move and just hang around. I think. Unless the writer was referring to writing paper, envelopes and other kinds of stationery. That could be.

Would that be an Alp?

Wouldn’t it be great if the writers for Yahoo! Style were familiar with basic English expressions? Then, we wouldn’t be subjected to mysterious word usage like this:

stems around sty

Did the writer mean “stems from”? If that has you confused, that a peek at this:

sneak peak sty

What peak is she referring to? An Alp?

The effect is not good

What’s the effect of using the wrong word? Readers of Yahoo! Travel will probably tell you it affects them negatively:

effect travel

The newest addition to confused words list

The newest addition to my list of commonly confused words comes from the latest edition of Yahoo! Beauty:

edition bea

Your readers are sure to delight in this

If you’ve wondered why the writing on Yahoo! Makers is so amateurish and juvenile, take a look at this excerpt from an article written by the site’s editor in chief:

thanksgiving lc diy

She’s obviously a tad confused. She probably thinks that the word holiday should be capitalized, and not the name of the holiday. And she’s a little confused about you’re (which is short for you are) and your (which is the possessive pronoun).

Perhaps she just takes a very relaxed view about grammar and spelling and word usage. Perhaps that’s not a great attitude for an editor in chief.


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