It’s not Valentine’s Day

What can I say? What can anyone say after reading this on Yahoo! Style?

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Published on February 12, two days before Valentine’s Day, this little article can’t get anything right, even though it was written by Yahoo Style “Editors.” They don’t know it’s not Valentine’s Day; they can’t even spell Valentine’s Day. As if that’s not bad enough, they recommend some outfits (in red, the traditional color for the holiday) for readers who choose to ignore the day. Is it possible that the team of “editors” has confused former and latter? Yup.


Take a peek at this

Take a peek at this capitalization (or rather, lack of capitalization) of Christmas on Yahoo! DIY:

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Who doesn’t know to capitalize the holiday? The same person who doesn’t know that using that to refer to human beings is considered impolite. The pronoun who would be more to Emily Post’s liking.

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Just one peek into this paragraph reminds us that the writer isn’t fond of capitalizing holidays like Valentine’s Day:

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Or Mother Nature:

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Reading that, you feel like you are really peeking into the mind of the writer, who has trouble picking the right homophone and who forgets to use an apostrophe to show that it’s kids’ art.

What are you selling?

Just which Lillies is Yahoo! Shopping flogging? Lilly Pulitzer? Lilly Ledbetter? Eli Lilly?

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The flower is the lily; the holiday is Valentine’s Day.

I don’t think her socks are the target

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for a gal, you might check out Yahoo! Shopping. If you can overlook the writer’s inability to capitalize the day correctly and form the correct plural of bikini (hint: it doesn’t have an apostrophe), you’ll find a way to knock her socks off. Assuming that’s what you want her to remove:

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What are your reading deal breakers?

What are your deal breakers when you’re reading? The errors that you spot that make you say, “That’s it! I can’t take any more!” If you’re looking through Yahoo! Shine, would you read an article with this headline?

Would the mashed-up dealbreakers and the apostrophe in the plural V-days offend your grammatical sensibilities? If that didn’t stop you, would you continue past the undercapitalized Valentine’s Day and the unsightly in site?

Could you ignore the fact that the writer obviously did not run a spell-check and still doesn’t know how to capitalize Valentine’s Day?

Are you still reading? Right up to the hyphen missing in what should be heart-shaped? And past the kielbasa —which even when spelled correctly — isn’t a proper noun?

What are your reading deal breakers?

Writing willy-nilly

Are you so confident of your writing and your ability to spell common words, that you don’t bother to use a spell-checker, dictionary, or even a proofreader? That’s probably the case with the writer for Yahoo! Shopping: She’s so confident in her ability to spell lilies that she uses the word willy-nilly:

Here’s a news alert for her: Lily has two L’s. Lilies has two L’s. (Oh, and Valentine’s Day has two capital letters.)

Huh? Did you mean Valentine’s Day?

In one of the more oddly phrased questions, Yahoo! Answers neglects the big D required by Valentine’s Day:

Valentine’s Day is missing a little something this year

And it’s the apostrophe that’s been dropped from the Yahoo! Avatars page:


Easiest Valentine’s Day mistake to make

Anyone can fail to include the big D in Valentine’s Day, like the writer of this headline from Yahoo! Shine:


Fishing for compliments

If the writer for Yahoo! Shopping was looking for compliments, I suggest he or she look elsewhere. Fishnet stockings may complement a skirt and a capitalized Day would complement Valentine’s, but here are no compliments for these errors:


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