How to tell if you need a vacation

I think the writer for Yahoo! Makers needs a little vacation. Maybe just a little getaway to help her relax. Perhaps she’d spend a little time with a dictionary and learn to spell some common words and rid herself of her obsession with hyphens:

get-a-way diy

Do you remember anything?

Do you remember anything from third grade? If you’re this Yahoo! Makers writer, the answer would be, “not so much.” She apparently forgot how to form the plural of a noun (hint: it generally doesn’t include an apostrophe) and she forgot that valentine is not capitalized when you’re referring to a card:

valentines apo diy

Stop the baby talk and learn to write

I blame Rachael Ray for the rise in the use of the word sammie for what adults refer to as a sandwich. I blame ignorance for this Yahoo! Makers writer’s use of the apostrophe:

sammie apos diy 2

This professional writer has no idea what an apostrophe means when you put it at the beginning of a word. When dropped there, it indicates that one or more letters are missing. So, what does she think sammie is short for? Flotsammie? Jetsammie? Balsammie?

Turn off your brain

Turn off your brain and allow your imagination to fly free, and try to figure out what the heck this means on Yahoo! Makers:

turn of the pot diy

How many antipastos do you need?

Reading this on the home page of Yahoo! Makers, I was sure that the writer was talking about two or more antipastos — which didn’t make a lot of sense:

antipasti diy hp

I wanted to see just why two or more antipasti were needed to a wreath, so I read the article and noticed something disturbing:

antipasti diy

The instructions are not for multiple antipastos, but for a single antipasto. And this poor dear writer decided that although the rest of the world calls it an antipasto, she knows better and calls it an antipasti. Which is the Italian plural of antipasto, and an acceptable alternate plural in English.

It’s not nice to fool your readers

I should have known that when a writer for Yahoo! Makers can’t figure out what verb to use in a simple sentence, that the rest of the article would not go well:

is for are diy

Undeterred by that obvious grammatical gaffe, I read on. I was curious to see what I could make with a cone, fake snow, and hot glue. And then I saw the actual list of materials and equipment I’d need:

list mak

Well, don’t I feel foolish. Here’s an obvious case of bait and switch. Lure me in with a promise of making a Christmas tree using three objects, and then spring this on me. I’m not even going to mention the misspelled iridescent and snowflakes and the missing slash in and/or. OK, so maybe I will mention them.

Hyphen happy

It’s not enough to be capitalization crazy, putting capital letters at the front of common nouns like holiday. No, that’s not enough for this Yahoo! Makers writer. She’s also idiom idiotic, with some crazy idiom stepping out, which makes no sense:

holiday cap diy

No, that’s not enough. She also happens to be hyphen happy, adding them indiscriminately in what should be seven-day lead-up. Two hyphens. That’s enough.


When I first reported on a Yahoo! Makers writer’s misuse of the word wine for vine, I thought it was a careless error. But I was wrong. Someone really, really needs to set this writer straight, because she’s at it again:

wine-like diy

You didn’t invent that word

I think this writer for Yahoo! Makers believes she is making up a word and therefore can make up its spelling:

curly-qs diy

But the word exists — it’s curlicue and its adjectival form is curlicued. It’s really kinda sad that a professional writer is so ignorant about the language she uses to earn her living.

Poor excuse for a writer

Oh, this poor writer! Maybe she’s not feeling well. Maybe she needs a drink. Someone pour her a scotch and perhaps this Yahoo! Makers scribe will see the error of her ways.

poor diy

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