Reporting on celebrity fashion trends requires absolutely no knowledge of celebrities or designers. Or at least if you write for Yahoo! Shine, knowing how to spell the names of celebrities and designers is purely optional. In fact, knowing how to spell anything is purely optional. Case in point: Shine’s feature “The Thread.”
The writer doesn’t bother spelling Angie Harmon’s name correctly:
A misplaced apostrophe is a relatively minor offense when it happens once:
But when it happens again, it’s bound to rile some readers:
Also? Using that to refer to real human beings isn’t considered wrong, just “impolite.” Omitting any kind of punctuation around a movie title (like “Twilight”) isn’t impolite; it’s just wrong.
Again ignoring the journalistic convention of correct spelling, the writer hacks up Leighton Meester. (Or maybe I should say, the hack hacks it up):
The pronoun them has no visible antecedent and using who’s instead of whose is the kind of mistake you might expect from a fourth grader.
If you’ve read this far, you shouldn’t be surprised by a missing word and a misspelling of Claire’s:
Let’s hope this is just a typo and that Amanda Peet wasn’t actually wearing Mischa Barton:
I’m not the only one who cares about good writing, you know. I think the Olsen twins might care about how their name is spelled:
Shoes like platforms are usually sold in pairs:
Betsey Johnson is one designer whose name doesn’t require spelling accuracy. Same goes for celeb Taylor Momsen:
As for the funky characters that appear to be two hyphens? God knows what that is supposed to be, though a period or semicolon would be correct.
No surprise here. Another punctuation problem: Lindsay Lohan needs an apostrophe and an S:
Is this a new trend in writing on Yahoo!? Or just an especially egregious example of a longstanding acceptance of horrible writing?