It’s a democratic process, but the Democratic party

Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee for the presidency, but you wouldn’t know it if you read this on Yahoo! Style:


As a common noun, democratic refers to a democracy or people in general. But if you’re referring to the political party in the U.S., it’s Democratic, with a big D.

Speaking of a big D, that’s the grade I’d give this writer for coming up with Clintons’s.  I’d be appalled if I hadn’t seen that error so often on Yahoo!. It seems Yahoo! writers (and their editors, if they have them) don’t know that the plural of Clinton is Clintons and the possessive of  Clintons is Clintons‘.

Readers put through the wringer

Readers of have been put through the wringer trying to decipher this expression:


A wringer is the part of an old-timey washing machine that squeezed the water out of laundry:


It doesn’t take a vivid imagination to visualize being put through a wringer. I have no idea what the writer thought “through the ringer” could possibly mean.

Not a good place for this

The home page of Yahoo! Celebrity is not a good place to misspell Joe Giudice’s name:


Isn’t that a good thing?

In an article about racial inequity in public schools, one Yahoo! Style writer claims that students of color have a lower dropout rate than other students:


Isn’t that a good thing? Yes, it would be if it were accurate. The fact-challenged writer was paraphrasing an article that stated that high school graduation rates are lower for minority students. That means that dropout rates are higher, not lower.

I think this writer needs to go back to school and get that GED.

Friends’ and families’ faces fall

If well-educated editors overlooked this error on Yahoo! Style, their friends’ and families’ faces would fall to the floor:


I’m assuming that the friends and families (there’s probably more than one family involved) have separated faces, so there needs to be an apostrophe after the S on both friends’ and families’.

Neither writer nor editor

Over at Yahoo! Style, neither the writer nor the editor has spotted this grammatical goof:


When two words are joined by neither…nor, the verb must agree with the word closer to it, which in this case is the singular Hadid, and the verb should be has released.

If there ever was a bond

With this homophonic horror, the bond between Yahoo! Style and the reader is broken — if there ever was one.


Where did you get that idea?

Where did the Yahoo! Style writer get the idea that this wear — and not that where — is correct?


Hard to beat this

It’s hard to beat this for the number of errors in a single sentence:


I can’t explain why the Yahoo! Style writer included a registered trademark symbol with a product name, unless she’s under the illusion that she has to protect a trademark. Which brings me to the question: Why didn’t she recognize Velcro as a registered trademark, too? Because that would be as wrong as not capitalizing Velcro.

Don’t you wish we could all be flies on the wall when the writer discusses this with her editor? What would her argument be? Oh, never mind. I forgot: Yahoo! doesn’t believe in editors.

Maybe you could run into a dictionary

What’s the difference between a run-in and running into someone? A whole lot, but not to this Yahoo! Style writer:


A run-in is an angry disagreement. There was no disagreement in this case, just someone named Jenner running into (meeting or encountering, often by chance) a magazine rep.

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