Meow we’re misspelling

Here’s what looks like a simple typo on Yahoo! Movies, although I can’t always tell the difference between a typo and a misspelling:

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Fifty shades of Grey? Is that your question?

No, no, no. Somehow writers and editors at Yahoo! got the idea that terminating punctuation always goes before a closing quotation mark. To prove my assertion (as if one more example is proof), here’s a headline from Yahoo! Movies:

grey apos ques mov

In the U.S., commas and periods go before the closing quote mark. Colons and semicolons go after the quote mark. But exclamation marks and question marks can go before or after the quotation mark, depending on meaning. A question mark goes before the closing quote mark only if the words within the quotation marks are an actual question. That means that the writer thinks “Fifty shades of Grey” is the question. It is not.

Someone needs to chastise that writer

Someone needs to chastise the writer of this headline on Yahoo! Movies for the serious misspelling:

chastizes movies

Is that your question?

If the question in this headline on Yahoo! Movies is “Secretary?” then this punctuation is correct:

secretary quest quot movies

But, of course, the whole sentence is the question, so the question mark belongs after the closing quotation mark.

Blogger bests cocky headline writer

OK, I’m just guessin’ here, but I think the headline writer for Yahoo! Movies meant “Gaston Bests Cocky Kid,” meaning Gaston beat the kid at a pushup contest:

beasts

I’d prefer more ado

Without further ado (or any ado for that matter), let me present a homophonic horror from Yahoo! Movies:

adieu movies

I wish we could finally bid adieu to this mistake, but I fear the folks at Yahoo! will never learn the difference between a word that means farewell (that’d be adieu) and one that means a fuss (ado).

All those errors remind us of fourth grade

There are more errors committed by professional writers and editors on Yahoo! than in all the high school newspapers in the country. All those errors — including this one from Yahoo! Movies — remind me of my fourth grade class when we learned to spot the subject of a sentence and then match the verb to it:

reminds us movies

I guess this writer was sick that day.

Coming up with ‘coming up’

How did the writer for Yahoo! Movies come up with this expression?

coming up the pipe movies

The idiom was originally “coming down the pike” although you’ll also hear (and read) “coming down the pipe.” But no one (except our esteemed Yahoo! scribe) would come up with “coming up the pipe.”

What do Matthew McConaughey and J.R.R. Tolkien have in common?

What could Matthew McConaughey possibly have in common with J.R.R. Tolkien? They both appeared on the home page of Yahoo! Movies. And they’ve both had their name misspelled there:

mcconauhgey movies

 

tolkein movies

Here’s a tip for Yahoo!’s writers: You should always, always verify the spelling of every name you pound out. Simply highlight the name, right-click, and choose “Search Google for …” See how easy that is. There really is no excuse for making mistakes like these.

I almost dozed off reading this

If the sleep aid for geeks involves a dose of Ambien, then maybe they’ll be dozing off sooner rather than later. Perhaps that’s what the writer for Yahoo! Movies took just before writing this:

dosing movies

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