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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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?