Newly released hyphen use

I lied. This use of the hyphen on the Yahoo! front page is not new; in fact, this mistake happens every day on Yahoo!:

fp newly-released 2

There’s no reason to put a hyphen between an adverb ending in -LY and the word that it modifies. The suffix -LY is the signal to the reader that the adverb modifies the word that follows it.

My ‘aha’ moment

Reading this on Yahoo! Makers, I had an “aha” moment: This writer is in need of a competent editor and a course in English and writing:

a-ha diy

It wasn’t the incorrectly capitalized portobello; it wasn’t even the incorrectly hyphenated aha, although both indicate a careless writer unfamiliar with a basic dictionary. It was the dangling participle styling, which leads readers to believe that Mushroom Savanna did the styling of the fungi.

Will this produce reader pushback?

Readers of might consider a little pushback when it comes to the Internet giant’s policy of refusing to proofread or edit its content. Maybe then it would eliminate repeated words and arbitrary hyphens in words like pushback:

fp push-back 2

But is pushback, even if spelled correctly, the right word? Probably not. It means a resistance or opposition to something, like a policy, plan, or strategy. What Macy’s is doing competing with Amazon or responding to Amazon.

Try to keep up

In July 2013, rapper Jay Z announced he was dropping the hyphen from his name. The journalistic brain trust at still hasn’t gotten the memo:

fp jay-z jj

You are food

You are food. No, I don’t mean that you’re food for large carnivores. You are food is what the writer for Yahoo! Makers wrote when she used a contraction instead of the correct possessive pronoun your:

youre food diy

That mistake sits atop most lists of writing errors that make the writer look dumb.

Kick off that hyphen

The editor of this headline on Yahoo! Beauty should kick off that hyphen:

kick-off bea

Kick-off is a noun; the phrasal verb is kick off.

Rip off that hyphen

Is this headline on Yahoo! Style a rip-off or an original? Did the writer rip off another site?

rip-off sty

I don’t think it’s a rip-off; I think the writer is completely able to use a noun (rip-off) where a phrasal verb (rip off) is required.

Carrie Underwood’s son

It’s not uncommon to see hyphens where they don’t belong on Yahoo! Style. It’s not uncommon to see a misspelled name. (Carrie Underwood’s son is Isaiah.) What’s less common is the use of two different pronouns to refer to the same antecedent:


Only one of those pronouns is correct, and it’s not the misspelled thier. They both refer to E!, which is short for E! Online. It’s a singular noun that should be referred to by the singular pronouns it and its.

Throwing caution to the wind

If “throw caution to the wind” means “to take a risk,” what does “throw risk to the wind mean”? It means the Yahoo! Style writer screwed up:

throw risk sty

She also screwed up pit stop with a hyphen. Maybe she was just throwing caution to the wind.

More wrong than right?

The only way this teaser on Yahoo! Makers could have more errors is if they had called it “Daly Maid”:

toquitos diy

Possibly the worst of the errors is the name of the site, which is called Yahoo! DIY, the previous name of  Yahoo! Makers. Obviously, the editors are recycling this article, but didn’t bother to correct the errors, including the name of the site and the misspelled taquitos. And you can’t tell from reading this, but the “toquitos” aren’t leftovers; the turkey is the leftover. The recipe is for leftover-turkey taquitos.


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