Suge? ‘Suge’? Who knows, who cares?

His name is Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr., although he’s known as just Suge Knight on the Yahoo! front page:

fp suge 2

Someone disagrees (or more likely, has no idea what the other writer did), and decided that Mr. Knight’s nickname needed some quotation marks:

fp suge

Which is correct? Does it matter? Just pick one and go with it.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we see the results of disagreement in the correct abbreviation of pounds:

fp lb lbs

So, which is correct and why are they the same? Most authorities would side with lb., without the S. Why are there two versions of the abbreviation? Because this is yahoo.com. ‘Nuf said.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In today’s episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom” we see the results of capitalization confusion on the Yahoo! front page:

fp uva

There’s some inconsistency in the media as to which is the correct shorthand for the University of Virginia: Rolling Stone uses UVA while other sources use UVa. But there’s no confusion about using both simultaneously: It’s just wrong.

Cell technology too new?

The first thing I noticed about this module on the Yahoo! front page was the mismatch of a subject (photo) with its verb (which should be depicts). The next thing I noticed was cell phone:

fp cell phone depict

That’s a perfectly fine spelling. Except that not everyone at yahoo.com agrees. Apparently the technology has caught the writers and editors by surprise and they just haven’t had time to agree on its spelling:

fp cellphone one word

No standards need apply

Apparently the use of airstrikes in combat has come as a complete surprise to the staff at the Yahoo! front page. They simply can’t decide if it’s one word or two, so they try it both ways. They also can’t decide if staff is a collective noun that should be treated as singular or if it’s a plural noun. What the heck! Let’s use it both ways:

fp staff flees

and here’s an alternative spelling of airstrikes:

fp staff flee

Legitimate news sources have a little thing called a style guide that settles such issues. And if the style guide doesn’t address the issue, a competent editor does. But this is Yahoo! … no standards need apply.

How many grooms were there?

If you read the story that accompanies these photo captions on Yahoo! Style (but really, why would you?) you’d learn that there was only one groom at this wedding. So, it looks like the writer had no idea where to put the apostrophe to show a possessive. It ain’t here:

grooms sty

and it ain’t here:

grooms sty 2

At least she was consistent, which is more than I can say when in comes to spelling the groom’s party attire — somehow it’s both bow ties and bowties.

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we see the results of a failure to agree on the title of a TV program:

fp x factor

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In the continuing saga “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we once again see the results of hyphenation indecision:

fp walk-of-shame

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we find a missing hyphen or an unnecessary hyphen.

fp plane tracking

Seems like they just can’t agree on much of anything at yahoo.com.

How many can you find?

Here’s a fun game brought to you by Yahoo! Makers. How many homophonic errors can you find in a single article on the site? It’s really not hard to spot the pales instead of pails:

palettes diy 0

Searching for homophones, you’ll pass a totally random comma, followed by a totally random capitalized Chief. The split backyard isn’t the worst mistake you’ll come across on the way to the palettes that should be pallets.

palettes diy 1

You might not notice this (but I did): That paragraph claims the article was written by someone working for Katie Brown. But one look at the article’s byline says otherwise:

palettes brown

Oopsie. Don’t you love it when you catch a writer in a lie?

Back to our homophone hunt: Passing the now one-word backyard, you’re bound to find an error that even your kids can spot:

palettes diy 11

Overlooking the incorrectly capitalized plywood, you’ll find another palettes:

palettes 22

This is where you’ll find the next homophonic horror, a confusion of where for wear:

palettes diy 3

Holy moley, there’s another palettes and a comma where a semicolon belongs:

palettes diy 4

One more palettes? This has got to be the last:

palettes diy 5

Nope. There’s one more and a little advice, which I take to mean “pallets that are the same height”:

palettes diy 6

How many did you find? I found these four: Pales/pails. Palettes/pallets. You’re/your. Where/wear. What about you?

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