One day’s worth of errors

I couldn’t possibly address one day’s worth of errors found on the Yahoo! front page. I couldn’t handle just two hours’ worth of typos. There are just too many mistakes on Yahoo!, including this missing apostrophe:

fp 33 years worth

I’m not sure what “33 years’ worth of taxes” is. I guess it’s the same as “33 years of tax returns.” Anyhoo, the writer omitted the apostrophe in what the Associated Press calls a quasi possessive. Other similar constructions that you’re likely to encounter:

  • two weeks’ vacation
  • three years’ experience
  • his money’s worth

If it ends in S, add an apostrophe

It seems to be the punctuation philosophy at Yahoo! Makers: If a word ends in an S, add an apostrophe:

gets apos diy hp

Whaddya wanna bet?

I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that this headline on was written by a millennial — someone in a generation that sees no value in spelling words correctly:

fp millenials slow

It’s also the same person who can’t decide if a phrase (like slow fade) needs to be surrounded in quotation marks.

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

In addition to also

In addition to using in addition to, the writer for Yahoo! Movies used the redundant also:

whose guided mov

Who’s responsible for the use of whose instead of who’s? The writer, who’s actually a senior editor. He’s also responsible for the missing parenthesis and the totally mystifying ending to that paragraph.

Carrie Underwood’s son

It’s not uncommon to see hyphens where they don’t belong on Yahoo! Style. It’s not uncommon to see a misspelled name. (Carrie Underwood’s son is Isaiah.) What’s less common is the use of two different pronouns to refer to the same antecedent:


Only one of those pronouns is correct, and it’s not the misspelled thier. They both refer to E!, which is short for E! Online. It’s a singular noun that should be referred to by the singular pronouns it and its.

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.

More wrong than right?

The only way this teaser on Yahoo! Makers could have more errors is if they had called it “Daly Maid”:

toquitos diy

Possibly the worst of the errors is the name of the site, which is called Yahoo! DIY, the previous name of  Yahoo! Makers. Obviously, the editors are recycling this article, but didn’t bother to correct the errors, including the name of the site and the misspelled taquitos. And you can’t tell from reading this, but the “toquitos” aren’t leftovers; the turkey is the leftover. The recipe is for leftover-turkey taquitos.

Miley Cyrus is just one

Miley Cyrus is one the many celebrities who have been the subject of articles on Yahoo! Makers. And of course, those articles contain mistakes. It doesn’t take a 22-page book on grammar to understand the errors and how to correct them:

that has been diy

It should be easy for anyone with a basic English education to spot them. Although that isn’t grammatically incorrect, it’s considered impolite to use in reference to a person; who is preferred. The verb has been is just out-and-out wrong, since the verb should agree with the plural subject celebrities. The compound adjective 22-page requires a hyphen.

Were you at a bullfight?

Was the writer for Yahoo! Makers thinking about a bullfight and yelling olé when composing this?

ole apos diy

That’s the only explanation I can come up with. Unless the writer meant to use a clipped version of the word old, which is ol’. The apostrophe signals the omission of a letter, so maybe I’m wrong. Maybe that’s short for oleo.


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