Capital crimes

It should be a crime (or at least a misdemeanor), to capitalize a word needlessly. You wouldn’t capitalize the word writer, would you? So why would anyone capitalize the word director, when it is simply an occupation or job, and not an official title? Oh, yeah, I almost forgot: This is and normal rules of language do not apply:

fp director uc

The writer probably thought it was really special, just as the writer for Yahoo! Travel thought that mecca was really deserving of a capital letter:

mecca cap travel

Sometimes, it does get an uppercase M — when it refers to the city in Saudi Arabia. But if the reference is to a place that is visited by many people, then it’s just a mecca.

Some people love autumn so much they bestow a capital letter on fall. That’s especially true over at Yahoo! Style, where the writers seem to think that style refers to making up your own rules about English:

fall cap style

And here:

fall uc style

And here:

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And spring has sprung into a proper noun in the mind of at least one writer:

spring uc style

Not to be left out of the Society to Elevate Seasons to Proper Nouns, a writer for Yahoo! Movies decides that if fall gets a cap, so does autumn:

autumn cap movies

Capital crimes? Maybe not, but I’m willing to make a citizen’s arrest and take the case (lowercase, of course), to court.

I hate the change of seasons

With every change of season comes another type of change, as illustrated by Yahoo! Shine here:

and here:

Those folks are always changing seasons from common nouns to proper nouns with a single undeserved capital letter.

Maybe outsourcing wasn’t such a good idea

Has Yahoo! jumped on the outsourcing bandwagon? That’s one possible explanation for the number of daily gaffes on the Yahoo! front page: The company is outsourcing the writing on to Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan, a non-English-speaking country.

It’s a country unfamiliar with American pop culture. A country where they put single quotation marks around Duggar because they think it’s the name of a TV show. It isn’t; it isn’t even part of the name of a TV show.

Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stanians must think that seasons are proper nouns. They aren’t in the U.S. Even though the writers will try to convince you otherwise, but don’t fall for it:

They obviously don’t know how to pronounce English words, because they don’t know which indefinite article to use:

Maybe Yahoo! could do a little soul-searching and reconsider its decision:

That way, when its front page goes on display, it’ll include the correct words in common English idioms:

and titles (like president) won’t have a capital letter:

and regions of the United States (like South and Southern states) will:

I’m not implying that the folks in Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan aren’t good writers and editors. They’re just not good writers and editors in English.

Too stupid to explain

Some mistakes defy explanation. That’s the case with the goofs the senior features editor for Yahoo! Shine makes here:

Assuming that fall is a proper noun is a common mistake (at least among Yahoo! staffers). But the other errors? I have no idea how anyone with an IQ above room temperature would make those. What is a possible explanation for putting an apostrophe in Lorne Michaels. It’s really moronic. A comma after sitcom? Stupid. And the final error in this paragraph? Idiotic.

That’s it. The only explanation I can come up with: The writing is stupid, moronic, idiotic.

This is not a newspaper: Lower your expectations

Don’t expect to find the same standards of journalism you’d find at The New York Times on Yahoo! News‘ “The Upshot.”  Every day the online blog of Yahoo! News’ professional writers offer some of the best typos, misspellings, and factual errors available online.

In a single sentence a writer can omit a word, capitalize a common noun (seasons aren’t proper nouns), and misplace punctuation (the period belongs before the closing parenthesis):

A funky character isn’t out of character for online stories:

It’s a homophonic error that’s also quite common:

Another missing word and a typo prove the point: Don’t expect perfection when reading anything on Yahoo!.

Vampires deserve respect!

Just which Meyers is the writer for Yahoo! Shine referring to? I think it might be Stephenie Meyer, author of the “Twilight” series.

(Did I mention that fall isn’t a proper noun? No? Well, it isn’t.)

I was wrong. It wasn’t Stephenie Meyer that the writer was referring to; rather, it was some other chick with a strikingly similar name:

The current generation of college kids is probably unaware that there’s an incorrect verb and a missing word here:

Vampires are important! They command our respect! That’s why we have to capitalize them! The vampire trend isn’t just— um, isn’t just what?  Whatever it is, it’s a showstopper!

I have no idea what the writer means here, except I do know that bloodsucking is one word and Forever 21 deserves some respect, too!

I think Lory Byron is Lord Byron’s younger sister. The rest of this mess? I haven’t a clue:

But vampires deserve respect!

New day, same old crap

It’s just a bunch of typos, extraneous words, a miscapitalized season, and unnecessary punctuation on Yahoo! Shine. It’s just like any other day at Yahoo!.

The woman’s name is Patricia Field, with one I and only one L:

Someone is obviously punctuation-challenged. There’s no hyphen in preteen and the commas here are just wrong:

New day, same crap. Welcome to Yahoo!.

Writing gone wild!

If you love doing puzzles, especially word puzzles, then this teaser from Yahoo! Shine is for you:

parents gone wild shine

You probably recognize the arbitrary (and wrong) capitalization of fall (it’s not a proper noun). But what’s with that sentence? Is there a word missing? A word that’s wrong? Let me know if you figure out what’s gone wild with this puzzle.

It’s time for a fall

I’m not sure how “fall time” differs from “fall,” but I am sure the season doesn’t deserve the capital letter that it gets on Yahoo! TV:

fall time tv

Isn’t she lucky?

While interviewing Perez Hilton, the writer for Yahoo! Shine reveals a little too much about herself. Like her inability to spell Nicole Richie:

perez shine 1

Or her general spelling-impairment. I don’t think you should use a word like glitterati if you don’t know how to spell it:

perez shine 2

And you probably shouldn’t mention any season if you think it’s a proper noun:

perez shine 3

Isn’t she lucky that each mistake doesn’t result in a pay cut?

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I’m sure the writer would benefit from firsthand experience with a dictionary:

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