Including an add’l character

The apostrophe has two uses: To show possession and to indicate the omission of letters or numerals. So, what letters or numbers did the Yahoo! News editor omit in this headline?

Actually, the editor added a letter: T. The common contraction of additional is add’l.

Let’s make sure this is correct

Let’s pretend that the Yahoo! Style writer knows what a contraction is and knows that it requires an apostrophe:

lets make sty

Let’s be honest

Let’s be honest: This Yahoo! Style writer has no idea that let’s is a contraction of let us and requires an apostrophe:

lets be honest sty

She also doesn’t realize that eleven years is not a wait, but a length of time, which might be a long time to wait for something. Maybe she thought eleven years is a long time to wait for an education, and dropped out of high school. Maybe if she had stayed in school she would have learned a little grammar, like matching a pronoun with its antecedent.

Stay in school

Now that school’s out, I think the Yahoo! Celebrity editors should hit the grammar books and learn a little something about the use of an apostrophe in a contraction:

schools out cel

It’s missing something

It’s a missing apostrophe on the yahoo.com in what should be a contraction of it is:

fp its no apos

New stork Fashion Week

Try to keep in mind as you read this article from Yahoo! Style that it was written by paid professionals and not third graders:

new stork

It’s not about a new (or even old) stork. It’s about New York Fashion Week. The writers can’t “get it off the brain,” by which I think they mean get it out their mind, because I’m not sure about their having actual brains.

They can’t punctuate a common contraction like can’t. Although New “stork” Fashion Week is over, they’ve posted their favorite looks “so far,” implying that there are more fashions coming, which is impossible since the fashion week “just wrapped.”

In related news, they seem to love adding an apostrophe and an S to names — both first and last names. I think I’ve seen an 8-year-old do that once.

Not to be confused with Uptown Abbey

Everyone I know is a fan of the PBS series “Downton Abbey.”  I thought it was a universally loved show, until I read this on Yahoo! Style:

downtown abbey sty

One thing’s for sure, this is a writer who’s unfamiliar the series and with contractions and their need for an apostrophe.

You’re going to enjoy this

I think you’re going to enjoy this. It’s a card that you can make following the instructions on Yahoo! Makers:

youre maker

When it comes to the step to add your handwritten message, you’re going to want to spell it correctly. Don’t embarrass yourself in front of the card’s recipient — or like this writer, in front of millions of readers.

Let’s pretend you know what it means

Let’s change this word on Yahoo! Parenting so that it’s correct:

lets parent

It needs an apostrophe to indicate the omission of a letter. Few people (especially those under the age of a dinosaur) know that let’s is a contraction of let us.

As you are wont to do

It may be a simple case of a missing apostrophe or it may be a case of mistaken word. The writers at Yahoo! Sports are wont to make both types of error:

wont sports

The word should be won’t, a contraction of will not. The verb wont means “accustomed, used to, or likely.”

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