Headline’s apostrophe goes missing

This headline’s apostrophe goes missing on Yahoo! Travel:

brides trav hp

Why is this so crucial?

Why is there a question mark at the end of this sentence on Yahoo! Makers? And how can a dimmer reduce overall energy output?

energy output

Great questions! The answers lie with a basic misunderstanding of English by the writer. The first has to do with a question embedded in a declarative sentence. The question is: Why is this so crucial? And some style experts would allow a question mark mid-sentence, like this: Why is this so crucial? you might ask. Looks weird to me. A better solution in my mind would be to recast the sentence: You might ask why this is so crucial.

On the second issue, the writer confused the word output with consumption or usage. At least, that’s my charitable view.

Stay in school

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:

schools out cel

If it ends in S, give it an apostrophe

The basic rule of punctuation over at Yahoo! Style seems to be: If a word or name ends in S, add an apostrophe.

rivers apos passed sty

It may not be the worst mistake they’ll make and maybe there are people reading right past that error. But most people won’t get past the passed, which passes for past.

It doesn’t belong in Guys Choice

What was my first clue that the writer at yahoo.com “corrected” the name of the Guys Choice awards? I looked at the picture. Maybe next time the writer will, too, and not add an apostrophe where it doesn’t belong.

fp guys choice apos

Should we give this writer a “time-out”?

Does the person responsible for this misplaced question mark on Yahoo! Parenting deserve an editorial “time-out”?

time-out quest quot

Unless the words within quotation marks are a question, the question mark goes after the closing quote mark.

Welcome. Now go away

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:

absolutley diy

This headline is missing the hyphens that would make it a 20-year-old:

20 year old diy

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:

neighbourhoods diy

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?

hemmingway diy

Maybe the writer didn’t attend high school in the U.S. Or anywhere.

It’s missing something

It’s a missing apostrophe on the yahoo.com in what should be a contraction of it is:

fp its no apos

My curiosity is piqued

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:

cant remember piques

Here’s one person’s reaction

Yuk! That’s my reaction to the misplaced apostrophe on Yahoo! Style:

peoples sty

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’.


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