Monday, December 29, 2008


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-- Google Ad on The Luck Key ( on December 28, 2008

One letter doesn't belong. Can you see it?

Saturday, December 27, 2008


-- JibJab's 2008 Year in Review in December 2008

One R too many. One R is correct. One YiR I didn't enjoy.

Friday, December 26, 2008


-- Sign on window of Sunglass Hut at Seattle Premium Outlets on December 18, 2008

It's easy to forget if tomorrow has two m's or two r's, but two of both? Come on.

All on the Nations Most Reliable Network!

-- Verizon advertisement in Bellis Fair on December 18, 2008

Which nations? Every single nation in the world? Or is it supposed to be All on the Nation's Most Reliable Network!?

overjoyed with the reponse; more than a 1,000 toys

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-- "Toys flood into spud!" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 23, 2008

Firstly, let's just assume, nay, make an educated guess, that reponse should be response. Moving on. "...more than a 1,000 toys..." Argh! How stupid is that? Seriously. It's the equivalent of, "...more than a one thousand toys...". Either drop the a, eh, or type thousand instead of 1,000. Simple stuff, right?

Jama (Dev Patal, left); Who Wants to be a Millionaire.; Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

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-- "Millionaire pays off" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 19, 2008

Though I have yet to see this movie, I know that the character of Jamal - not Jama - is played by Dev Patel - not Dev Patal. The article itself has the show title as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Can someone explain to me the discrepancy of capitalization and why the article includes a question mark and the photo caption doesn't? Neither title is correct. The title is correctly written as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Monday, December 22, 2008

retirment ceremony

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-- Vancouver Canucks homepage on December 18, 2008

The ceremony was classy. This, not so much.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Kinder Garden Cop; Adventure in Babysitting; Scent of a Women

-- List of available DVDs at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort in Halfmoon Bay, BC, Canada on November 11, 2008

Corrections: Kindergarten Cop; Adventures in Babysitting; Scent of a Woman


-- Inside building at 221 E 10th Ave in Vancouver, BC, Canada on December 15, 2008

A few metres away was a washroom door with the label Ladies, not Lady. Seven days earlier I noticed a different error around the corner. I wonder what I'll find in that building next week!


-- Bottom-of-screen tidbit on CityTV's Breakfast Television on December 18, 2008

The travel advisory was in effect and it affected drivers.

Watch the all now.

-- The Survivor homepage on CBS' website on December 15, 2008

My wife and I won ninety smackaroos thanks to Bob outlasting them all. Woohoo!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Coaches Corner

-- "This Iso-cam's on Pyatt" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 17, 2008

As a sports/hockey writer in Canada, the offending writer should definitely know that the title is Coach's Corner. Tsk tsk. "He told me that he saw Don Cherry and Blue his dog. And I said, 'Pardon!'"

Those who fall victim to such scams are also to vulnberable to identity theft.

-- "Scam artists step up game" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 17, 2008

I challenge you, dear readers, to show me a better/worse one-sentence paragraph.

allows her to to work 24/7

-- "All wound up over robot inventions" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 16, 2008

If she also wears a tutu 24/7, I'm sold.

Art suppies

-- "Does technology stifle imagination?" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 16, 2008

That's what I call "imaginative spelling".

that effects their career; render your your life plan out of date

-- "Take charge to achieve balance" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 15, 2008

It affects their career and it can render your life plan out-of-date.

I've never heard a grown women

-- "Bright night for Sarah" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 15, 2008

Okay, students: a = singular; women = plural. Please submit possible corrections.

the Grizzles

-- "NBA's local loser?" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 12, 2008

With that nickname, instead of the correct Grizzlies, perhaps they would have succeeded. Nah, they would have still sucked. Big Country, anyone?

the prime minister; Nanos Reserach

-- "PM's demise may be less likely" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 12, 2008

After not capitalizing the specific Prime Minister and misspelling the word research, less optimism surrounds the writer's demise.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

2rd Floor

-- Inside building at 221 E 10th Ave in Vancouver, BC, Canada, on December 8, 2008

This looks like it would be difficult and costly to correct, which is probably why it's still incorrect. Or maybe it's just not that important and others haven't noticed. I showed this pic to my wife and she looked at it silently for a bit before saying she was trying to figure out how to pronounce it.


Ther's snowman I'd rather be With

-- Decoration at a relative's residence in Port Moody, BC, Canada on December 6, 2008

The idea of this text is clever, I'll give it that, but what's up with Ther's? Was it purposely done? If so, I can't see what the purpose is. Little help? Also, why is With capitalized when snowman, rather, and be aren't?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

PNE errors

Several months ago the PNE was in action. Around the fair's grounds I detected several errors. Here, now, better late than never, are the ones I captured for posterity. Try to spot the error(s) in each picture. Look to this post's labels for clues.

First, as we walked from our car to the fairgrounds:

Food-related errors:

In the agriculture building:

In the showmart:

Monday, December 8, 2008

Little Moutain Housing

-- "Artists bring life back" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 8, 2008

Hey, Alanis. The missing letter is mountain-shaped. Isn't that ironic?

The Hollywood Reporter; "remarked on Winfrey's "immense cultural influence" and...

-- "Angie hauls in big bucks" and "pure power of Oprah" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 8, 2008

On Angie's side The is not italicized in its lone appearance, whereas on Oprah's side it is italicized one of the two times. It should be italicized all three times. As for the quotation marks, I personally believe that the opening quote preceding remarked should be omitted.

the name would off end customers

-- "Bottoms up" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 5, 2008

Would the name also off begin customers? I would think it's not good business to off any customers, but I'm from Canada..

downton Vancouver

-- "Rage at the machine" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 5, 2008

Brighton? Compton? Washington? Boston? Downtown? It's only the cover..

was sent a complementary sample

-- "colour down under (People)" in Vancouver 24 hours on December 2, 2008

It's the peanuts. They're complimentary.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

skills assesment

-- Universal Learning Institute advertisement on page 11 of Vancouver 24 hours on November 24, 2008

Me don't want to be learned by people can't promote theirselves in good way.

multiple causalities

-- "Drill tests transit safety" in Vancouver 24 hours on November 24, 2008

On the cover. Yes, there would be causalities in this scenario. There might also be casualties, which would be more newsworthy.

–noun, plural -ties.
1. the relation of cause and effect: The result is the same, however differently the causality is interpreted.
2. causal quality or agency.

–noun, plural -ties.
2. one who is injured or killed in an accident: There were no casualties in the traffic accident.
3. any person, group, thing, etc., that is harmed or destroyed as a result of some act or event: Their house was a casualty of the fire.
4. a serious accident, esp. one involving bodily injury or death.

Definitions source:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

four-year-old Elizabeth Tompkins

-- "Dad stabbed family before shooting himself: cops" on Sympatico / MSN News on November 23, 2008

I found it odd that the couple in their mid-60s had a four-year-old daughter, but then in the next sentence it's revealed the four-year-old had a husband. Seems like the four-year-old wasn't actually a four-year-old, was she? Unless she was born on February 29, and she was four but really sixteen and had married young. But another source has the four-year-old as a forty-one-year-old, so factual error it is.

will be posted after it's completion

-- "Grey Cup blackout" in Edmonton Sun on November 23, 2008

Each quarter will be posted after it is completion? Ummmm, no - it's should be its.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

one noteable exception; next batch of "It's a boy!" congrat-

-- "Tick, tock: Breeder hell" in Vancouver 24 hours on November 14, 2008

Noteable was spelled correctly in the article itself, but I'm wondering how the article ended.


-- "Whose eyes are these?" in Vancouver 24 hours on November 17, 2008

Well, okay. Sure. Singer has an -er ending, so of course it goes to follow that...

more time in the sin bin then on the ice

-- "Shine up the Big Apple" in Vancouver 24 hours on November 20, 2008

THAN. Than, than, than. After he left the sin bin, then he was on the ice. But when you're comparing it's than, not then.

Thirty per cent of all students who come to Canada to study chose B.C.

-- "We're No. 1!" in Vancouver 24 hours on November 20, 2008

If they came to Canada then they chose B.C., but if they come to Canada then they choose B.C.

the teams top goal scorer

-- "Who are the real Canucks?" in Vancouver 24 hours on November 19, 2008

The top goal scorer belongs to the team, so it should be written as the team's top goal scorer

Saturday, November 15, 2008

relationship run it's course

-- "Has the relationship run it's course?" in Vancouver 24 hours on November 13, 2008

SHAZABAM - you've just been registered in its/it's 101.


-- "Prime time best bets" in Vancouver 24 hours on November 7, 2008

It's a threepeat!

Issac Hayes

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-- "Heart and Soul" in Vancouver 24 hours on November 7, 2008

His name is Isaac Hayes.

America Fererra

-- "Whose eyes are these?" in Vancouver 24 Hours on November 7, 2008

Her name is America Ferrera.

highlights to compliment Brenda's bronze skin tone ; That's how to make your wardrobe will grow with you.

-- "Making the fashion jump" in Vancouver 24 Hours on November 6, 2008
I can't compliment the writer when complement should have been used instead. Where's the sentence-ending punctuation? Bottom right, either add sure after make or omit will.


-- "East Clayton: A flourishing suburbia" in Vancouver 24 Hours on November 5, 2008

I'm intrigued by this type of error. The green text is excerpted from the article, where it's correctly written as transforming. See for yourself, to the left of the green text. I thought creating the green text is a simple copy/paste chore, but apparently not.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


-- Inside building at 1420 W 12th Ave in Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 29, 2008

At first glance I had thought all the letters were jumbled, and maybe on purpose. But on closer inspection I saw that the second D missed its mark by a couple of letters, and I don't think it was on purpose.