Imagine reading something that challenges everything you thought you knew about English. You might just question whether the principles you learned in the first 12 years of schooling were outdated. That’s the position I found myself in reading this article on Yahoo! Shine.
I thought I remembered some silly little rule about a verb matching its subject. So, when I read this, I wondered if the writer was correct:
But it wouldn’t be until I read this that I really felt my public school education was subpar:
Clearly, omitting words is now OK, as is misspelling names like Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs:
Golly, I thought I knew where a hyphen goes and where it doesn’t go until I saw that there’s no hyphen in career-oriented (silly me!), because it’s been moved to prototype. Another missing word confirmed what I suspected: The indefinite articles a and an are now optional.
As for the top hat, here it is:
I think it looks a lot like a boater and nothing like a top hat, but I may be as ignorant about fashion as I am about English.
I’m happy to report that the acronym UNICEF no longer requires all those capital letters. Good thing, too, because it’s much easier to text lowercase letters:
I have no idea what the hell this is all about, and I suspect the writer didn’t, either. But maybe it’s just me:
What does it mean to win a campaign? Did she mean the election or the nomination? God, this is all too deep for my meager brain.
This writer loves to add random commas, and I guess they’re OK nowadays:
I thought “Extra” and “World News” were TV shows, but I must be mistaken, because they’re not in quotation marks or italic. I just don’t get the need for the comma and I think that that should be than:
But I could be mistaken. It’s been known to happen.