Do they work for the same company?

Sometimes I think the people who write for work for differ companies; or maybe they work for the same company, but in different countries and they speak different languages and cannot communicate with each other. How else can I explain the inability for these “journalists” to agree on how to abbreviate United Nations?

fp un 2

Maybe no one would notice if these abbreviations didn’t appear together — again —  on the same page minutes later:

fp un

Why is it so hard to agree on something this basic? Is it that they just don’t care?

OMG! It’s another gate!

Oh lordie. The folks who write for have enough problems trying to decide if it’s Deflategate or deflate-gate when along comes another football scandal. How are they going to cope with this one? Will they decide to call if spygate, or

fp spygate lc

will they go with Spygate?

fp spygate cap

Or will they just not care and use both spellings?

Still undecided?

It’s been almost nine months since the Super Bowl scandal known as deflategate first surfaced. But apparently that’s not enough time for the editors at to decide on how to spell the controversy. Here’s one attempt today:

fp deflategate cap no hy

and another attempt that’s also on today’s Yahoo! front page:

fp deflate-gate hyph lc

Nine months is enough time to make a baby. But it’s not enough time for these journalistic geniuses to decide whether to capitalize or hyphen the new term.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

Unable to agree whether time saving should be hyphenated when used as an adjective, the editors at have it both ways:

fp timesaving

You writer the top, I’ll write the bottom

Should man bun be written with quotation marks around it? Yes. No. That’s the responses you’d get if you asked the people who write for

fp man bun

Really? Is it so hard to make a decision like that and communicate it to others? Apparently, at Yahoo! it is.

Spelling-gate part deux

Way back in January, there was a controversy in football that dominated the headlines. The folks at called it deflate-gate and deflategate, because nobody cared about consistent spelling and looking like they worked for a blog written by some drunk guys sitting in a bar.

Now, months later, the controversy has reared its head again, and the folks at the Yahoo! front page still haven’t gotten their act together. There’s this spelling, with a capital D, that the writer thought merited quotation marks:

fp deflate 2

But this writer thinks that’s a bunch of baloney (or has no idea that someone else is also writing about the same subject) and came up with this spelling:

fp deflate 3

But wait! There’s more! Someone else agrees with deflate-gate, but takes issue with Wells report (with a lowercase R) and decided this was right:

fp deflate 1

So, in summary, it’s deflategate when it’s not deflate-gate or “Deflategate.” You can read more about it in the Wells report, unless it’s the Wells Report.

Don’t make it so obvious

If you’re going to spell a word (like, oh, say gala) with and without a capital letter, don’t do it in an obvious place where your readers can’t miss the inconsistency:

fp gala uc lc

This lesson in what not to do was brought to you by the people at

Suge? ‘Suge’? Who knows, who cares?

His name is Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr., although he’s known as just Suge Knight on the Yahoo! front page:

fp suge 2

Someone disagrees (or more likely, has no idea what the other writer did), and decided that Mr. Knight’s nickname needed some quotation marks:

fp suge

Which is correct? Does it matter? Just pick one and go with it.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we see the results of disagreement in the correct abbreviation of pounds:

fp lb lbs

So, which is correct and why are they the same? Most authorities would side with lb., without the S. Why are there two versions of the abbreviation? Because this is ‘Nuf said.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In today’s episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom” we see the results of capitalization confusion on the Yahoo! front page:

fp uva

There’s some inconsistency in the media as to which is the correct shorthand for the University of Virginia: Rolling Stone uses UVA while other sources use UVa. But there’s no confusion about using both simultaneously: It’s just wrong.


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