Happy Fourth of July!

It’s Independence Day here in the U.S. That’s a day also referred to as the Fourth of July, except at Yahoo! Style where the national holiday gets no respect:

In case you think that’s a careless typo, here it is again:


Your readers are sure to delight in this

If you’ve wondered why the writing on Yahoo! Makers is so amateurish and juvenile, take a look at this excerpt from an article written by the site’s editor in chief:

thanksgiving lc diy

She’s obviously a tad confused. She probably thinks that the word holiday should be capitalized, and not the name of the holiday. And she’s a little confused about you’re (which is short for you are) and your (which is the possessive pronoun).

Perhaps she just takes a very relaxed view about grammar and spelling and word usage. Perhaps that’s not a great attitude for an editor in chief.

Who is a brand?

There are more errors than you think that are on Yahoo! Style, including the use of who for a nonliving thing (twice!) and a holiday called Independence:

who sty

The pronoun who should be used only for people (and possibly animals with human-like characteristics); the correct word is that (in this excerpt) or which. The holiday the writer refers to is called Independence Day.

Whip up a St. Patrick’s Day goof

Uh, no. It’s not St. Patrick’s Day on Yahoo! Makers:

st patrick day diy

Maybe by March 17 they’ll figure out the full name of the Irish holiday.

It’s a new year

After today, which is still December 31 where I’m writing this, it’ll be a new year. But not on the Yahoo! front page, where folks are a little confused here:

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and here:

fp new year cap 2

Those capital letters should be reserved for New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and just plain New Year’s (when it refers to the holiday). But if you mean a year that is just starting, it’s new year.

1 New Year’s Eve mistake you don’t have to make

Here’s one New Year’s Eve mistake from Yahoo! DIY that I’m sure you’ll avoid:

nye no apost diy

Don’t forget the apostrophe in Year’s. That’s it. You’re welcome.

Presidents’ Day: Not for one president

According to the American Heritage Dictionary (part of the Yahoo! network) the unofficial holiday celebrated in February is Presidents’ Day — a day to recognize the contributions of past American presidents, not one president.

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I don’t think her socks are the target

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for a gal, you might check out Yahoo! Shopping. If you can overlook the writer’s inability to capitalize the day correctly and form the correct plural of bikini (hint: it doesn’t have an apostrophe), you’ll find a way to knock her socks off. Assuming that’s what you want her to remove:

bikinis apost shop

Oy vey! It’s not Hanukkah

Oy! Who taught the writer for Yahoo! News how to spell Hanukkah? Oh, right. No one:

news hannukah

Capitalizing on Thanksgiving

Retailers are capitalizing on Thanksgiving with Black Friday bargains. Websites are capitalizing on it, too, with news stories and recipes focused on the holiday. So, with Thanksgiving in our face every day and everywhere, why don’t the editors for Yahoo! Shine know that it needs to be capitalized?

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