It’s a new year

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:

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and here:

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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.


A New Year’s resolution about the new year

I’m thinking of making a New Year’s resolution: Stop writing about the misspellings of new year and New Year’s that appear on Yahoo!.

But before I make such a radical commitment, I’d like some assurance that the madness on Yahoo! will end. I’d like to know that this is the last time Yahoo! Shine writers will neglect the capital Y:

And that they’ll stop capitalizing new year, which isn’t a holiday or a proper noun of any sort:

It’d be great if the writers on the Yahoo! Answers blog followed suit. And if they figured out that resolution should be cap-free:

OK, so what happened to the apostrophe in New Year’s in that blog post?

Again with the capitalized resolutions! The abundance of commas (all of which should be scrapped) don’t make me feel confident that the writers are paying attention to details.

Maybe I’ll wait till next year to make that resolution.

Time to kick out the New Year

It’s time to kick out the New Year and replace it with new year. It’s here on the home page of Yahoo! Shine:

and again here:

While we’re kicking out mis-capitalized words, let’s kick out the typos, too:

It’s the new year, baby

It’s the new year, not the New Year, that should be appearing on the Yahoo! front page:

How about this for a New Year’s resolution?

Let’s hope that the writers for Yahoo! Shine make a New Year’s resolution to raise the grammatical standards on their Web site. They can start with learning to use the Shift key:

It’s always New Year’s Eve in Miami

OMG! Does no one at Yahoo! know how to spell New Year’s Eve? It needs the apostrophe that’s missing (twice!) on Yahoo! omg!:

Let’s hope this is the last we see of the New Year

Please, let today be the last day we are confronted with the New Year. It’s just wrong. There’s New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s. But without the apostrophe and S, it’s just new year. I wish someone had informed the writers and editors at Yahoo! Shine, because the error appears on its home page:

and three times on another page:



 And again on a third page:

Is there a conspiracy to change the capitalization of this common noun? Because the writer at Yahoo! TV seems to be in on it:

A Lakers win and a Coke and New Year’s loss

I don’t know what’s going on in the mind of this writer from Yahoo! omg!:

The Lakers won something, I guess. I’m thinkin’ the Lakers won that night. Maybe Nicole and Joel know what happened. Or perhaps Joel was too distracted sipping on a Coke (which lost its capital letter) to pay attention to the game:

Also lost during the game? The apostrophe in New Year’s Eve:

New Year’s: Look! Look on the left!

Look! Look on the left! There it is! The correctly spelled New Year’s — apostrophe and all.

That’s all the writer for Yahoo! TV had to do.

Make it your New Year’s resolution

Is someone really thinking about New Year’s resolutions now?


Not me. I’m still trying to find new ways to prepare leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Anyhoo, I’d recommend that the Yahoo! Shine writer who can’t quite get New Year’s or meantime right resolve to brush up on his or her writing skills.

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