Whenever I see intact spelled as two words I wonder what was going through the writer’s head. Like here on Yahoo! Beauty:
Did the writer think that the hairstyle was d being tactful?
If you’re trying to read this article from Yahoo! Style and you’re stumbling on some serious misspellings, you just gotta work through it:
Was Ms. Willis paling around, bleaching her skin? Or was she palling around with friends? You decide. Did you notice that the writer didn’t leave intact intact? Yeah, me, too. And I’m pretty sure Ms. Willis didn’t say she “gotta work though it,” aren’t you?
Something weird’s going on at Yahoo! Shine. It’s not just the terribly wrong writing, such is a wayward comma that separates a subject and verb:
And it’s not the grammatical errors. We’ve seen this before: A professional writer who knows nothing about grammar. She can’t come up with a grammatically correct verb, she capitalizes words (like governor) that don’t merit the special treatment, and she places a period outside quotation marks as if she were writing in the UK:
Another comma that has no business separating a subject from its verb isn’t weird on Shine:
Ah! So maybe that comma was just misplaced and was meant to go here:
I’m as shocked as everyone else that this writer gets paid to make typos and hit the Shift key indiscriminately:
Why couldn’t she leave this word intact?
What’s weird here? Is it the wacky changes in the size of the font? Or is it the fact that this writer doesn’t get the support of an editor, which she clearly needs.
The writer for Yahoo! Shine should have kept this word intact:
In the same article, she should have capitalized Band-Aids, which is a trademark:
And she should have done a little spell-check!ing:
Someone hand me an aspirin. This gal’s writing is giving me a headache:
Back off, editor! Step away from your keyboard and head over to a book on grammar. You might learn something. Like, without a hyphen, you’re telling your reader to back away from Hollywood:
Anyone unfortunate enough to read the accompanying article on Yahoo! Shine would notice that you really meant: Back off, Hollywood. In other words, the comma indicates that you’re talking to Hollywood, not about Hollywood.
So, an error in a headline isn’t the best way to start an article. But the errors don’t stop there. There’s the transposed words:
And the spelling of the “Dukes of Hazzard” and a missing quotation mark:
There ya go again, using a big word without understanding its meaning:
A litany is a repetition of a sound or words. Your use of it here makes no sense. No sense whatsoever.
Dear, I don’t know how you missed this lesson in fourth grade: If the subject of a sentence is plural, the verb should be, too. Also, you may have been out of the room when your fifth grade teacher explained that you need a semicolon, not a comma, to join two independent clauses without a conjunction. You should have kept intact intact:
You seemed to have missed quotation marks around “Perfect Strangers.” And it’s not “The Gary Shandling Show”: it’s “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.” And it’s not Gary Shandling, it’s Garry Shandling.
Other than that, this is perfect.
Here’s a hint for you: If you write for a huge Internet company and you don’t have the services of a competent editor, be sure to spell-check, proofread, and research everything you write.
Don’t assume you know how to spell celebrity names. Look up every name, including nicknames, so you don’t misspell Snooki and “The Situation”:
Be sure to include the hyphens in ages, like 20-year-old. And if your feature has a sponsor (like Walmart), make certain you spell the sponsor’s name correctly:
If you’re tempted to add a space to a word that’s made up of two words, look it up in an online dictionary first. I wish the writer of this article from Yahoo! Shine had followed this advice and left the word firehouse intact: