If it ends in S, give it an apostrophe

The basic rule of punctuation over at Yahoo! Style seems to be: If a word or name ends in S, add an apostrophe.

rivers apos passed sty

It may not be the worst mistake they’ll make and maybe there are people reading right past that error. But most people won’t get past the passed, which passes for past.

Before the tartar forms

Before tartar forms on your teeth, are they pre-calculous? And do they have homework? Makes no sense, but that’s the questions I’d like to ask the writer for Yahoo! Style:

precalculous sty

Do you think that this Einstein meant precalculus, the class students take before taking calculus? Once we’ve settle that, I’d like to know what was transformed into a frock? I’m searching in vain for the antecedent for the pronoun it. It just isn’t in there. Perhaps she meant the student transformed them into a dress. That pronoun could refer to “pre-calculous homework papers,” velvet, and satin ribbon. Unless she used two types of ribbon: velvet ribbon and satin ribbon.

This is just not right

Yahoo! Makers’ writers display some really creative ideas — especially when it comes to the English language. I’ve references to a “right of passage,” but have never seen one that had the additional creativity of hyphens:

right-of-passage diy

So wrong — and yet so innovative! Is the ability to misspell a common idiom in multiple ways a rite of passage for Yahoo! writers?

Setting my sights

So I set my sights on homophonic errors on Yahoo! Parenting and found this:

sites tra

You didn’t think too hard, did you?

The writer for Yahoo! Style didn’t think too hard about the correct word to use here:

to hard sty

Did you canvass the views of editors?

If the writer for Yahoo! Makers had canvassed the views of editors, she might have learned that canvas is a noun (and only a noun) that refers to a heavy fabric. If she wanted to take a survey or poll, or wanted to scrutinize a subject, she might have learned that the word is canvass:

canvas diy

Where do you put ice cream hoards?

Do you need a freezer in the garage to stash ice cream-loving hoards? Hordes of people want to know. Maybe we can ask the writer for Yahoo! Travel:

hoards tra

Downright wrong

There are at least two words in this article from Yahoo! Makers that are downright wrong. One of them is downright:

down right all together diy

I’d be downright ashamed if I wrote that and if I didn’t know the difference between all together (which means that members of a group are performing some act as a unit) and altogether (which is completely, totally, and altogether different).

This bears no resemblance to the correct word

Unless Abercrombie & Fitch are stripping down to their skivvies, this bears only the slightest resemblance to the correct word on Yahoo! Style:

bare sty

Stationery on the mind

Did the writer for Yahoo! Makers have stationery on her mind when she wrote this?

envelopes stationary

Is that why she chose to use envelope (which is a form of stationery that holds bills from the electric company and birthday cards from Aunt Hazel) instead of the verb envelop? It might have been better if she thought about stationery and not stationary, which means not moving.

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