Forget about what R2-D2 is saying. I want to know what this headline on Yahoo! Movies is really saying:
To me it says, “We don’t proofread because we are Yahoo.”
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:
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.
Without further ado (or any ado for that matter), let me present a homophonic horror from Yahoo! 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).
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:
I guess this writer was sick that day.
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:
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.