“Swappable”: Where to put that colon

It’s not a huge mistake, but it’s worth mentioning: The Yahoo! Tech writer should swap the location of that colon and quotation mark:

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In the U.S., only two punctuation marks always go after a closing quotation mark: the colon and the semicolon.

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Maybe Siri knows

Does anyone know why the editors at Yahoo! News put an apostrophe in the name of a conference that doesn’t have one?

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Those sticklers for accuracy were so sure that the apostrophe belongs there, they included in a headline, too:

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But that’s not all. You’d expect the editors at Yahoo! Tech would be a little more attuned to the spelling, but no, they’ve made the same mistake:

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Someone should teach those News and Tech folks how to do a Google search. Or maybe they could just ask Siri.

Nothing says ‘I don’t give a crap’ like umf

There’s lots of bad writing on the Internet, even by paid professionals. And when they don’t give a crap about their writing, you’ll likely see factual errors, misspellings, and incorrect word choices. That’s what I was thinking when I read this on Yahoo! Travel:

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This is allegedly about something called “Hearty Eggs,” but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s really about haggis. It’s clear the writer was a tad confused about her subject, just as she was confused about the difference between further and farther, the word that refers to real, physical distance.

But nothing says “I don’t give a sh*t” like umf, which I take to be a lazy writer’s attempt at oomph. Umf is not a word, but it is an abbreviation and according to the Urban Dictionary it means “ugly motherf***er,” which I don’t think the writer meant. Although if she reads this, she may be thinking that.

Someone needs help with Gramin

I’ll be the first to admit it: I need some help with Gramin. But I’m not alone. I think the folks at Yahoo! Travel could use some help with Gramin, too:

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I guess that since this is on a travel site and the sentence is about gadgets and guides, the writer probably means Garmin. I think.

Can you pinpoint the location?

Can you pinpoint the location of whoever’s writing this for Yahoo! Tech?

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I’d say the writer is located at a keyboard far removed from a competent editor. A good editor would have changed the objective case whomever to the  nominative whoever, the subject of the verb is ordering.

Can the new Tech site live up to Yahoo’s standards?

Yahoo! recently launched a new site called Yahoo! Tech, boasting some of the most highly respected columnists in the galaxy. It will be interesting to see if Tech lives up (or is it “down”?) to the journalistic standards set by the rest of Yahoo!. Could this be an indication of the quality of writing to come?

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It’s not awful, is it? There’s just a missing word. And Shia LaBeouf’s name is misspelled. But there are seven correctly spelled words, so this is about average for Yahoo!.

Why are there fences around cemeteries?

Because people are dying to get in! Ha-ha!

So what about cemetaries? Are people dying to correct that misspelling? I’m so tragically unhip that I don’t know if this spelling on Yahoo! Music is a misspelling or the name of a new hip-hop “artist”:

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Which never know?

This mess surprised Yahoo! Sports fans, not to mention grammar fans, who never knew that a writer could be this bad and still have a job:

Whose rivals?

If you thought Fiat and Volkswagen were rivals, think again. Fiat is, in fact, such an awesome friend of the German auto manufacturer that it’s pulled an epic prank on Volkswagen’s rivals.

Which rivals? I have no idea. I tried reading the accompanying article on Yahoo! News‘ “Yahoo! Tech,” but all I could figure out is that Fiat pranked Volkswagen. No news on VW’s rivals.

My best advice

My best advice to the blogger on Yahoo! Tech: Ask an editor. Use a dictionary. Proofread.

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