Cumberbunds and other laughs

It’s laughs galore in this article from Yahoo! Shine, and all of them are the unintentional consequence of a writer (and editor, perhaps) unfamiliar with basic grammar.

Some might call the unusual and incorrect commas and the missing hyphen sad. I think it’s funny that a writer who probably graduated from high school has no clue how to use punctuation:

Mom might not be flattered to see that she’s downgraded to a common noun here, but I find it amusing:

The hilariously misspelled cummerbunds and the missing hyphen in ex-girlfriend add to the entertainment value of the article:

I get a chuckle out of seeing a missing word and roar when a paid professional doesn’t know the difference between its and it’s. (It’s supposed to be it’s.)

Another missing word! Ha-ha!

The comma here is wrong (it should be a semicolon or a hyphen).

Let’s be honest. The writer really has no idea how to punctuate a sentence, how to proofread, or which homophone to use. Isn’t that funny?

Coming to the end of Mother’s Day

Thank goodness Mother’s Day is nearly over in the part of the world where I live. Maybe now we’ll see the end of the “Top Ten” gift lists that appear every year on Yahoo! Shopping. All this mother (and that’s not half a word) wants is an end to the typos, the disrespectful lowercase M in mom, and the nonsense that is “gold, white gold”:

And, oh, yes: the missing capital D in Mother’s Day:

Show a little respect to Christie Brinkley

As a writer, you display respect for your readers by using the language correctly. You show respect for your subject by spelling her name correctly (sorry, Christie). The writer for Yahoo! Shine may have different ideas:

Maybe it’s OK in some worlds to ignore the missing half of the correlative conjunction not only…but also. But if you strive for grammatically correct writing, you’ll include not only not only but also but also.

Wanna hear a great tip I learned from Mom? When you’re referring to your mother, show her some respect with a capital M:

You should also show some respect to the subject you’re writing about. Start by getting the spelling straight. Sorry, but Prell was introduced by Procter and Gamble.

And get your pronouns right. Like, don’t use it’s (which means it is) when you should use its. It’s only right.

At my parents’ house

At my parents’ house, kids were expected to speak and write correctly. Even if you were a 30-year-old married woman, Mom insisted that you use perfect English. I wish this writer for Yahoo! Shine had the same standards for her writing:

Writing in No Time

Maybe this article on Yahoo! TV should be called “Writing in No Time” instead of  “Daytime in No Time.” It contains enough errors to indicate that perhaps the writer was a tad rushed. That might explain the misspelling of Vuzix sunglasses:

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Or the misuse of the noun makeover instead of the two-word make over:

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With a deadline speeding toward you, you might not realize that Mom should be capitalized here:

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But Kidney shouldn’t be:

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Frankly, I can’t blame speed for the laughably misspelled bunyon or the mysterious words here:

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In a rush? Maybe. Sloppy writing? Definitely.

What does her mom deserve?

Unable to decide if mom deserves a capital letter, the writer of this Yahoo! Shine teaser hedges his or her bets:

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That’s one way to handle the dilemma: use both her Mom and her mom. Another way is to ask a competent editor who would tell you that her mom is correct.

‘Star Wars’ and things you should know

I don’t get it. Maybe it’s me. But if you put the title of a movie in quotation marks, shouldn’t you give it the same treatment the next time you mention the flick?

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And if you know enough to put a hyphen between four and year, wouldn’t you know to put one after year, too? Maybe it’s just the sort of thing only grammar geeks know, but if you adhere to the Associated Press style (as Yahoo! supposedly does), you’d know that you should use numerals for a person’s age, so you’d write 4-year-old.

And if you mention Mom and Dad, you’d when to capitalize them, and you’d catch the duplicated to before you published this teaser on Yahoo! Shine.

Entetaining tricks for mom

This Mother’s Day treat Mom to some entertaining tricks provided by Yahoo! Food:

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Your mom deserves the best — including a capital letter when you refer to just Mom and not your mom or my mom.

A new high in error-to-word ratio

In what is possibly the largest number of errors in the fewest words, Yahoo! Shine makes some truly remarkable blunders:


Fans of the correlative conjunction will recognize the missing half of the pair not only…but also. Aficionados of punctuation are probably scratching their respective heads over the use of the semicolon, which is generally used to separate two independent clauses that aren’t joined by a conjunction.

Mom and Dad are appalled that they’re treated like common folk. The typo and instead of an is easy to overlook. But the planet Earth is as important as Saturn and Uranus and deserves that capital letter. As for that double hyphen— presumably an insufficient substitute for a real em dash — it makes no sense. What would have made sense is a hyphen:  plan an Earth- and budget-friendly prom.

Your turn: What other errors did I miss?

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