Reactions to a headline on Yahoo! Style shine:
Actually, I don’t know what that means; I have no idea how reactions shine (or shines, as Yahoo! editors would have it).
What to do? What to do? What does one do if one can’t decide if a compound adjective needs a hyphen? Well, if one works at Yahoo! Style, one hyphenates it once, and leaves it unhyphenated once. Problem solved!
That solution is neither appropriate nor correct, just as the use of the word or, instead of nor, with neither is wrong.
Yahoo! Style staff seems to include a writer who is still learning English. That’s OK. There’s nothing wrong with hiring ESL students, especially if they’re working for a trade school, where on-the-job training is part of the experience. If they’re employed by a for-profit company, then they need a competent editor to avoid publishing an embarrassing statement like this:
Try to ignore the obvious grammatical gaffe and focus on the allegation that removing layers [of clothing] has never been exciting. You won’t get an argument from me.
If you’re familiar with Linda Farrow, you know it’s a brand of luxury sunglasses. Did you know that Linda Farrow offers sandals? Me neither. But that’s what I read on Yahoo! Style:
Of course, those sandals don’t look like gold, do they? You’d think the writer was actually describing aviator sunglasses.
If I could, I’d ask the Yahoo! Style writer if she knows what makes this wording different from, say, the correct wording:
The American Heritage Dictionary covers the use of different than and different from. Here’s the part that’s relevant, though you may want to read the full discussion:
Traditionally, from is used when the comparison is between two persons or things: My book is different from [not than] yours. Note that noun phrases, including ones that have clauses in them, also fall into this category: The campus is different from the way it was the last time you were here.