Monday, April 28, 2008
-- Robson Arms returns in Metronews, Monday April 28th 2008
Is is right, or should in be in instead?
-- Harold and Kumar escape in 24 Hours Vancouver, Friday April 25th 2008
-- Flight Centre Advertising Supplement in 24 Hours Vancouver, Friday April 25th 2008
Notice the singular a followed by the plural visits. Two possible fixes: Omit the a, or change visits to visit.
In 2006, an anonymous donor stepped in and contributed $500,000 to save the historic Joy Kogawa House, at 1450 W. 64th Avenue. Today, the Land Conservancy of B.C. has scheduled an event to publicly thank them the donor.
-- local news IN BRIEF in 24 Hours Vancouver, Friday April 25th 2008
Get rid of either the donor or, preferably, them.
-- Fox is hot in 24 Hours Vancouver, Friday April 25th 2008
The article itself has it right with this year's list - the above is from the set-apart quoted-text in the centre of the article, which is about Megan Fox being named world's sexiest woman by FHM Online's reader poll.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Even though jewellery is perfectly acceptable on its own, Reid Jewelry is spelled incorrectly on the mall's directory because the store spells its name differently. See similar error here. According to this website, jewellry is not right in British, Canadian, or American spelling.
Friday, April 25, 2008
I don't get it. The s is already lower case (or at least smaller than the C and D), therefore omitting the apostrophe would correctly leave CDs. I can see how people want to put CD'S instead of CDS, but it's wrong. Same goes for DVDs. Just make the s lower case. Please.
The pic is a tad hard to read. Near the bottom is written: CHURCHE'S CHICKEN. The restaurant is called Church's Chicken. Churche's is rarely correct in any circumstance. A correct use: Churche's Mansion.
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-- www.CoffeeNewsBC.com, Friday April 25th 2008
Oh boy. The above is all on the homepage. First bold: British Columbia. Second bold: omit the comma after here. Third bold: Methinks the wrong N word is capitalised (to continue the previous sentence's strange capitalisation, I guess). Fourth and fifth bold: It's its for both. Use it's when contracting it is or it has, otherwise use its. See here for more on it's and its. What's odd is that on their FAQs page, its is used correctly three times. A different writer/editor, perhaps?
-- Did You Know... in Coffee News, Friday April 25th 2008
Naming the dots Bott's Dotts when the inventor is named Dotts had me puzzled, so I googled and found out that the above is wrong, wrong wrong. The inventor's name was actually Elbert Botts, and the dots are called Botts' dots. Also, a space is required between Dr. and Elbert.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
-- 'Harold & Kumar' takes on an uptight world in Westender, Thursday April 24th 2008
The writer needs to check out this website: http://begthequestion.info
It's its. See here. Why is the first City capitalised?
-- High society in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday April 23rd 2008
A list, by definition, has more than one item. Therefore, treatment centres.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
-- Inside The NHL: What Next? in Sports Illustrated, Monday April 21st 2008
I remember it well - the shot flew over Tim Thomas's right shoulder. See it here. Also, is it slapshot or slap shot. This short wikipedia page has the title, Slapshot, but starts, and continues, with slap shot before switching abruptly to slapshot near the end of the page. How 'bout some consistency?
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The 18 short, contoured par 3s (none over 110 yards), are set along a course where there are no hazards in play, making this a perfect course for those new to the game.
The Pro Shop offers club and caddy rentals, as well ball and tee sales. No advanced tee time bookings are required to enjoy this splendid course. No club rentals two hours before sunset. Twilight hour rates apply one hour before sunset. A selection of light snacks and refreshments are also available.
-- Queen Elizabeth Pitch & Putt, Tuesday April 22nd 2008
I suppose unique isn't wrong per se, but maybe superfluous? I guess water, sand bunkers, and trees don't fall under Queen E's definition of hazards. A selection (singular)... is (omit also) available. Or, omit A selection of and also to leave the better (in my opinion), Light snacks and refreshments are available.
Emile Ullerup - jPod - Senseless Prom Death
Missy Peregrym - Reaper - Love Bullets and Blacktop
Claudette Mink - The Guard - Coming Through Fog
-- LEO AWARDS Nominees 2008, Tuesday April 22nd 2008
The missing i makes Emilie a male, as in Emile Hirsch.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association has complained to the provincial police watchdog over the use of Tasers by Metro Vancouver transit police.
"The fact that Tasers are being used in sutuations that border on debt collection by the government is outrageous," association president Rob Holmes said in a news release.
-- B.C. Civil Liberties Associations slams transit Taser use in The Vancouver Sun, Thursday April 17th 2008
The first error is in the headline - the article is about just one association: the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. I'd say it's safe to assume that sutuations should be situations.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
-- Summer classes stifle children's right to run free in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday April 16th 2008
Use who's when it could be who is or who was - otherwise use whose.
-- Commentator on Sportsnet Pacific's Toronto Blue Jays broadcast, Wednesday April 16th 2008
Kinsler picked up the grounder, touched second base for a force out, then threw the ball to first for the second out. So it was indeed a 4-3 double play. But it took two players to make the play, so it's the opposite of unassisted. Just hearing, or reading, four-three is enough to tell you that it was unassisted. If Kinsler had caught a line drive and then tagged the baserunner out, that would be an unassisted double play.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
McGee Secondary student Tim Zhang played one of only six Fazioli pianos in the city, filling the entire 40th floor of a downtown highrise with "La Campanelle," a demanding piece by Hungarian classical composer Franz Liszt.
Though the award-winning ninth grader won't say he has nerves of steel when playing in front of a crowd, he did admit practice is imperative to become to a top-notch performance.
-- Virtuoso plays rare piano in 24 Hours Vancouver, Tuesday April 15th 2008
McGee Secondary in Vancouver? No such thing. The writer must mean Magee. And I can't make heads or tails of the second error. Little help?
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
-- Homepage of Kingsgate Mall, Monday April 14th 2008
A list of transit routes that stop within a block of the mall would be a nice feature to follow the above statement, rather than, or even in addition to, the car-encouraging (lots of free parking) that is currently there.
"Some of the them are gargantuan," said Jasper. "They're bigger than some condos in the West End."
-- Garden giveaway big surprise in The Vancouver Courier, Friday April 11th 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Toll Free x.xxx.xxx.xxxx
-- Official Receipt For Income Tax Purposes from BC Cancer Foundation, Tuesday July 24th 2007
According to this blog post, Typos are begotten of various reasons, ... a third having to do with a plethora of similar words where the troublesome letters are reversed. The last seems to be what is going on here. This word is both written and pronounced exactly the way it sounds, but the eyes and ears may have trouble telling it to the hand. Merriam Webster contains approximately three dozen words beginning with faci– and about the same for fasc–. However, there is only one word beginning with facs—and that's facsimile.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
-- www.jockeyclubvegas.com/, Thursday April 10th 2008
According to the Caesars Palace wikipedia page, it is called "Caesars" and not "Caesar's" because every guest is a Caesar.
-- The Playboy Store in Las Vegas on visiticket.com, Thursday April 10th 2008
Where r you?
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I wonder why an article about reality television that has nothing to do with movies - not a single reference or anything - is the lead story in the Movies section of this week's Straight..
Monday, April 7, 2008
-- 48 Hours in Vancouver in Air Miles: inspired living, spring/summer 2008
No apostrophe in Earls. One too many thes.
Friday, April 4, 2008
-- Democratic action is most effective when it's fun in The Vancouver Courier, Friday April 4th 2008
Rafe. 'Nuff said.
-- Whopper of a role (bottom of the, uhm, page) in Famous, March 2008
It's one thing to spell someone's name wrong. It's another to spell it right the first time, then spell it wrong the rest of the time.
ALLEGAN, Mich. - Is fifth-grader Kenton Stufflebeam smarter than the Smithsonian?
On a winter break trip with his family to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, the 11-year-old southwestern Michigan boy [Kenton Stufflebeam] noticed that a notation, in bold lettering, mistakenly identified the Precambrian as an era.
Since it opened in 1981, millions of people have paraded past the museum's Tower of Time, a display involving prehistoric time. Kenton was the first to point out the error.
Kenton, who lives in Allegan but attends Alamo Elementary School near Kalamazoo, said his fifth-grade teacher, John Chapman, had nearly made the same mistake about the Precambrian in a classroom earth-science lesson before catching himself.
"I knew Mr. Chapman wouldn't tell all these students" bad information, the boy told the Kalamazoo Gazette for a story published Wednesday.
So Kevin Stufflebeam took his son to the museum's information desk to report Kenton's concern on a comment form.
Last week, the boy received a letter from the museum acknowledging that his observation was "spot on."
"The Precambrian is a dimensionless unit of time, which embraces all the time between the origin of Earth and the beginning of the Cambrian Period of geologic time," the letter says.
The solution to the problem would not involve advanced science but rather simply painting over the word "era," the note says.
While no previous visitors to the museum had brought up the error, it has long rankled the paleobiology department's staff, who noticed it even before the Tower of Time was erected 27 years ago, said Lorraine Ramsdell, educational technician for the museum.
"The question is, why was it put up with that on it in the first place?" Ramsdell said.
Excited as he was to receive the correspondence from museum officials, he couldn't help but point out that it was addressed to Kenton Slufflebeam. In Allegany.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
-- Keno Rules on back of Keno playing sheet at Tulalip Casino, Sunday March 30th 2008
Make up your mind, this rule or these rules, but never this rules or these rule. Except when playing Winning Eleven. Then you can say, "this rules!"
It should be fewer, not less. See this webpage, where they write, The words “less” and “fewer” have similar meanings. However, they cannot be used interchangeably. Use “fewer” when referring to an amount that could be expressed as a specific number. Use “less” when making comparisons that do not lend themselves to numeric amounts. Therefore, it's fewer items and less water. Got it? You can probably find this error at your local supermarket - or any supermarket. I have always seen it written with less.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
The likeness of the 77-year-old Hall of Famer best known as "Mr. Cub" was unveiled to much fanfare on Monday.
But the "Let's Play Two" inscription on the pedestal for the statute was missing the apostrophe before the "s."
The sculptor, Lou Cella, took some gentle ribbing from radio jocks, reporters and columnists. But he says he is an artist, not a writer.
The error was fixed in short order. On Wednesday morning, crews came and etched an apostrophe into the inscription.
-- Error Caught On Pedestal For Ernie Banks Statue on cbs2chicago.com, Tuesday April 2nd 2008
Found this via an Apostrophe Abuse post. An error in an article about an error - that is delicious.
-- Photo caption in Sports Illustrated, Monday March 24th 2008
Years ago, Sports Illustrated made this exact same error. I recall a letter, printed a couple of issues later, by an Atlanta Braves fan who excused the error as Francoeur (correct spelling) was an under-the-radar player. Can that fan excuse it again as Francoeur is now a well-known player? In the photo, you can clearly see the last three letters of his last name on the back of his jersey.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
-- "Ribbed for pleasure (kudos & kvetches)" in The Vancouver Courier, Friday March 28th 2008
-- Natuzzi advertisement in The Georgia Straight, Thursday March 27th 2008
Two p or not two p? Two p, in opportunity.