It’s off to the grammar slammer for the Yahoo! Celebrity writer responsible for this clumsy Clause:
There seems to be a general impression with Yahoo! staffers that the correct indefinite article before a word starting with a vowel is an, not a. Sometimes it is. But not always, as illustrated on the home page of Yahoo! Celebrity:
It doesn’t matter what letter the word begins with; it matters what letter it sounds like it begins with. So, it’s an unusual rule, but a useful one.
Selena Gomez loves friend chicken. At least that’s what this Yahoo! Celebrity writer tells us:
If you think readers don’t notice typos, think again. Here are a few comments from readers of the article:
I don’t feel good about this adverb on Yahoo! Celebrity. Perhaps you feel slightly different:
Someone who feels differently probably doesn’t use his hands to feel; perhaps that person uses antennae. That would make anyone feel differently. But if a person doesn’t share Mr. Travolta’s feelings, that person feels different.
I gotta give the Yahoo! Celebrity writer credit for trying to use hyphens in a compound modifier. But not too much credit, because he got it wrong:
He tried to combine “five-second to eight-second technical issue,” which is admirable. But the result isn’t quite right. The correct use of hyphens is: five- to eight-second technical issue.