How many models?

Can anyone explain to me why Yahoo! Style writers don’t know how to form the possessive of a common noun?  Why would anyone think models’s could possibly be correct?

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Maybe the writer didn’t know if she was writing about one model (and the possessive model’s) or more than one (and the possessive models’). So she covered both possibilities with models’s.

But how do you explain her ignorance of using single quotation marks within a quote? Maybe she played hooky the day that was taught in seventh grade.

So, if she was writing about two or more models, she should have written: the models’ “‘bones’ weren’t visible…


Was it all the Christmas excitement?

In all the excitement surrounding Christmas, the folks at forgot to consult each other about the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon. Does it require quotation marks, as if it weren’t the real name of the mischievous doll?

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Certainly not! You wouldn’t put air quotes around Barbie or Ken, would you? That might be the thinking that the editor  who wrote this went through:

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Couldn’t those folks talk to each other and figure out how this Internet giant would write about the subject? Nah. That would require that they care about the quality of writing on their site.

They’re not really ugly holiday sweaters

Here’s a use for quotation marks on Yahoo! Makers that indicates in spite of the fact these are ugly holiday sweaters, they are not actually ugly holiday sweaters:

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Quotation marks can be used to indicate direct speech, a title, or irony. So what’s their purpose in this headline? I think it’s to indicate that the editor has no idea when to use punctuation.

It really wasn’t about unity and dialogue

If you heard the pope’s address to the United States Congress, you might have thought he highlighted unity and dialogue. But you would be wrong. The speech featured something like unity, but isn’t really unity, and something that might be called dialogue, but isn’t really dialogue. At least that’s how I interpret the quotation marks on the Yahoo! front page:

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Another interpretation is that the writer really has no idea when to use those pesky little marks.

You writer the top, I’ll write the bottom

Should man bun be written with quotation marks around it? Yes. No. That’s the responses you’d get if you asked the people who write for

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Really? Is it so hard to make a decision like that and communicate it to others? Apparently, at Yahoo! it is.

Suge? ‘Suge’? Who knows, who cares?

His name is Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr., although he’s known as just Suge Knight on the Yahoo! front page:

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Someone disagrees (or more likely, has no idea what the other writer did), and decided that Mr. Knight’s nickname needed some quotation marks:

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Which is correct? Does it matter? Just pick one and go with it.

Can a movie reunite?

Can a movie reunite for a documentary? I can’t see how, yet that’s what it says on the Yahoo! front page:

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Seems impossible, no? What’s more likely is that the characters Bill and Ted (without the quotation marks) are reuniting. With quotation marks, “Bill & Ted” is a shortened movie title.

What’s it really called?

The makers of Mountain Dew are coming out with a new beverage, and according to Yahoo! Finance it’s not called “DewShine.” I guess that’s its code name or a nickname, because why else would you put quotation marks around the name? It’s like “Pepsi” or “Coca-Cola” or “Barbie.” See how stupid product names look with quotation marks?

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It wasn’t enough to include “DewShine” in the video; they had to include it in the article, too. And I guess if you think “DewShine” is correct, you might think that moonshine is two words. It isn’t.

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What is ‘Walking Dead’ character’s real name?

Did you think the “gentle giant” on the TV show “The Walking Dead” was called Tyreese? You’d be wrong. According to the folks at the Yahoo! front page, that was a nickname or a pseudonym or something else:

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Ha-ha. I kid. I am a kidder. The character is Tyreese and the mistake is Yahoo!’s by putting quotation marks around the name. They just don’t belong there. It’s like referring to the Shakespearean characters as “Romeo” and “Juliet.”

You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom” from the Yahoo! front page, it’s apparent that the writer of the top module didn’t really think the U.S. is officially at war, but the writer of the bottom module thought it was:

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