That’s altogether different

This Yahoo! Style writer should get a jump-start on her high school diploma and head over to a dictionary. She might learn that jump-start has a hyphen, workout is one word when it’s a noun and this sentence is altogether different from correct:


Let’s say this all together: If you mean “totally, entirely, completely,” use altogether. Use all together when you mean “together, as a unit or whole.”


When batting .300 isn’t good enough

Batting .300 may be respectable in professional baseball, but it’s horrifyingly bad in professional writing. In the captions for 10 photos on Yahoo! Shine, seven have at least one error; that isn’t exactly what you’d want from someone on your team.

The first caption contains a misplaced apostrophe; it belongs before the 50 to indicate that 19 is missing. The opening phrase, which modifies straws is misplaced, too:

For some reason, the writer fails to match the subject and verb and include a hyphen in the compound modifier half-gallon:

For novices at writing, ignoring the hyphens in jump-start and at-home may be excusable:

But neglecting the hyphen here:

and here indicates a serious disregard for language and the compound adjective:

Worst still is a missing word or two or four in this sentence:

And this is bound to get a frosty reception from any literate reader:

Let’s hope that this writer improves her average. Yahoo! readers deserve better.

Jump-start your writing

Jump-start your writing this spring with a trip to the dictionary.


It’ll teach you when to add a hyphen (in words like jump-start and slim-down) and when to avoid capitalizing common nouns (like spring). I wish the writer on Yahoo! TV had thought of that.

Get a jump-start on the new year

It’s a new year! Time for new beginnings. Let’s hope that for the writers on Yahoo! Shine get a jump-start on spelling with new dictionaries for everybody:

Slippery slop

There’s an amazing article on Yahoo! Shine. Amazing in the variety and number of sloppy errors one writer can make and inflict on the public. From the overly punctuated quotations here:

candy 1

and here:

candy 2

to the unnecessary and duplicated words here:

candy 3

There’s a mysterious expression that defies explanation:

candy 4

And the use of a zero instead of the letter O:

candy 5

WTF? How does the writer not see this little bit of HTML when proofreading?

candy 6

Silly me. Clearly the writer doesn’t proofread, because if she did, she’d notice that this is the wrong word:

candy 7

Injecting a little humor, the writer continues with the slop:

candy 8

Not that this is the worst error ever, but a missing article here makes the whole sentence a tad awkward:

candy 9

Poor Dad. He’s deserving of a capital letter here:

candy 10

Humor again! I love it! The writer was hoarding the hilarious homophonous errors, but is sharing them with the reader:

candy 11

This slippery slop may just get the writer a jump-start on reconsidering her career choice:

candy 12

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