Now that school’s out, I think the Yahoo! Celebrity editors should hit the grammar books and learn a little something about the use of an apostrophe in a contraction:
The home page of a website is like a Welcome mat, but at Yahoo! Makers it’s more like a Go Away mat. You’ll look, see a mistake or two or three or four, and just want to click somewhere else.
I don’t know why anyone would hang around this site after reading this. This is absolutely not absolutely:
This headline is missing the hyphens that would make it a 20-year-old:
If I were reading a site created in the UK, this wouldn’t be a problem. But this is definitely not the preferred spelling in my neighborhood:
Didn’t we all read something by Ernest Hemingway when we were in high school? And didn’t we all learn to spell his name?
Maybe the writer didn’t attend high school in the U.S. Or anywhere.
I’m really curious about the writers at Yahoo! Style. How did they get they job writing for a site that’s viewed by millions of people, and yet know so little about English? I’ve been wondering that for as long as I can remember. It piques my interest. You might even say my interest peaked after reading this:
Yuk! That’s my reaction to the misplaced apostrophe on Yahoo! Style:
The word people is already plural; its possessive form is people’s (just like the possessive forms women’s, men’s, and children’s).
There’s one exception: If you mean peoples (a group of individuals sharing a common culture, religion, or language) like the peoples of North Africa, then the possessive is peoples’.
It’s really just one error and in appears on Yahoo! Makers:
This is a case of a quasi possessive. (It’s also an example of the genitive case, which is more grammar than I like.) Anyhoo, if you’re unsure whether you’re faced with a simple plural or a quasi possessive, try this: Substitute the number 1 for the number in the phrase. So, instead of “millions of dollars worth,” try “one dollars worth.” Notice that I used dollars, and not dollar, because that sounds right to me. But of course it’s not a plural, so it must be a possessive: one dollar’s worth. This method depends on having an “ear” for correct language, something Yahoo! writers seem to lack.