It’s not Veterans Day

In an attempt to honor Veterans Day, a writer for Yahoo! Shine gives it a decorative flourish with an apostrophe:

When she’s not adding unnecessary punctuation marks to holidays, the writer is misquoting Dr. Jill Biden, who generally speaks in complete sentences:

Do I really need to explain what’s wrong with being home from the holidays? Or that post-traumatic stress disorder isn’t a proper noun, but it does sport a hyphen?

Oh, so now she uses a hyphen! But a hyphen is no substitute for an em dash — it just confuses me because a hyphen joins words. And it’s still not Veterans Day with an apostrophe:


Steve Jobs deserves better

When a well-known person passes away, the Web is awash with tributes. In a departure, the senior feature editor for Yahoo! Shine has written something of a tribute to the women in Steve Jobs’ life. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a grab bag of errors that’s more insulting than inspiring.

Mr. Jobs has been described as a private person and a brilliant egoist. Who knew that his wife Laurene shared those traits?

We all know that the writer made a mistake by placing that phrase before Laurene. But what can you expect from a writer who doesn’t know that Buddhist is a proper noun and the compound modifier billion-dollar needs a hyphen?

Mr. Jobs’ birth mother was a graduate student:

He was an 11-year-old:

Maybe this writer should just forget trying to use punctuation. She should just stick to using letters, numbers, and the Space bar, because she has no clue where to stick those little commas and apostrophes. And maybe she just ought to stick with writing in the present tense, because the past tense of some verbs (like forbid) alludes her (it’s forbade):

How many children did Mr. Jobs’ birth parents have? At least three, if you can believe this writer. There was Steve, his sister, and another sister:

(The fact is, his birth parents had another child, a daughter.) It looks like Piper is starting to take my advice and omit punctuation. She’s dropped a comma and the quotation marks around the book title. Good start!

Oops. She’s fallen back on her old ways and included an apostrophe where it doesn’t belong:

and a comma where it has no business being:

There’s more problems with her use of the Shift key when it comes to Zen Buddhist and Stanford business school. (Only the full name of the school, Stanford Graduate School of Business should be capitalized.) Readers can’t overlook the mismatch of program and foster (which should be fosters):

It’s meant to be some sort of tribute to the women in Steve Jobs’ life, but it’s really a tribute to carelessness and grammatical ignorance.

Something tells me she didn’t proofread

Something tells me that the national affairs reporter for Yahoo! News didn’t proofread her article before it was published in “The Lookout”:

What do Joel Schumacher and Emilio Estevez have in common?

What do they have in common? For one thing, the misspellings on Yahoo! Movies:

Oh, there’s also a little matter of a non-sentence and an incorrect apostrophe.

Is this supposed to be a tribute to Cyd Charisse?

It’s more an insult than a tribute to the late actress-dancer on Yahoo! Movies:

If you can’t spell Cyd Charisse’s name, perhaps you should consider writing about something other than the movies. And if you can’t figure out where the apostrophe goes (or doesn’t go) in 1940s and ’50s, perhaps you should consider not writing at all.

Which of these mistakes is your favorite?

Do you prefer the capital B or the apostrophe in what should be a simple plural on Yahoo! TV‘s “Primetime in No Time”?

What’s up with that?

What’s up with the apostrophe on Yahoo! News‘ “The Ticket”?

UPDATE: My bad! It took a loyal reader of Terribly Write to point out that I overlooked the misspelled Massachusetts. That’s great! Two goofs in one state. Brilliant!

Which random writer gave he best typo?

My vote for the writer with the best typos goes to the senior features editor for Yahoo! Shine, who graced the Internet with this poll:

For some reason, this genius thinks Linkin is missing a letter (it isn’t) and that apostrophes are suitable substitutes for quotation marks (they aren’t).

Too stupid to explain

Some mistakes defy explanation. That’s the case with the goofs the senior features editor for Yahoo! Shine makes here:

Assuming that fall is a proper noun is a common mistake (at least among Yahoo! staffers). But the other errors? I have no idea how anyone with an IQ above room temperature would make those. What is a possible explanation for putting an apostrophe in Lorne Michaels. It’s really moronic. A comma after sitcom? Stupid. And the final error in this paragraph? Idiotic.

That’s it. The only explanation I can come up with: The writing is stupid, moronic, idiotic.

Which of these Mistake’s is your favorite?

I’ve circled my favorite mistake from Yahoo! TV‘s “Primetime in No Time”:

I love it when a writer uses an apostrophe to create a plural! I also love the use of a capital letter in Tree’s, as if it were a proper noun.

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