Dumbest Punctuation of the Day

I have nothing to say about this creative, but truly ridiculous, use of the apostrophe on Yahoo! Style:

saint laurent sty

OK, I guess I did have something to say about it.

A couple is singular

A couple may consist of two people, but as a noun, it’s singular. Forget you saw this misplaced apostrophe on yahoo.com, which implies that there was more than one couple but only two people:

fp couples apos

Guess where the mistake is

Guess where the mistake is on the home page of Yahoo! Movies.

guess where quest mov

It’s that question mark at the end of an imperative sentence.

There are four kinds of sentences: One is the declarative sentence. Do you know what an interrogative sentence is? Tell me what an imperative sentence is. That’s not an exclamatory sentence!

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.

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