It’s close to being New Year’s Day on the Yahoo! front page, but someone forgot a little curvy character:
After today, which is still December 31 where I’m writing this, it’ll be a new year. But not on the Yahoo! front page, where folks are a little confused here:
Those capital letters should be reserved for New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and just plain New Year’s (when it refers to the holiday). But if you mean a year that is just starting, it’s new year.
Congratulations! You’ve won the Most Boneheaded Errors in Fewest Words award. I’m talking to you, the guy who wrote this for Yahoo! News‘ “The Lookout”:
Why this honor now? It’s simply in recognition of your inability to tell the difference between lightening and lightning (the thing that accompanies thunder). Your consideration for your readers, ensuring that they understand that dead birds were found dead (and not tweeting). Your profound ignorance of punctuation (including the use of the comma after a city and state) and creative spelling of what others would call New Year’s Day.
I’m sure you’ll want to make an acceptance speech. Please don’t thank your high school English teachers for helping you reach this pinnacle of journalism. I think they’d be a tad embarrassed.