-- Yahoo! Canada homepage and Yahoo! Canada Lifestyle on March 31, 2009
Just after midnight last night I signed out of my Yahoo! email account and was subjected to the top image. Dicaprio instead of DiCaprio? Zan instead of Zac (as you can see later in the same image)? A missing i in Twilight? Do monkeys work the overnight shift at Yahoo!? No, monkeys wouldn't churn out this crap, they'd throw it. How does Yahoo! manage to post three blatant errors simultaneously on their front page? Okay, *two* blatant errors - Dicaprio not so much with the blatantness. I figure clicking through to the lead article may net me another error or two, and I was right. Take a look at the bottom image; it seems our good friend Zan Efron starred in a series of "Hugh School Musical" films. Yup, those "High School Musical" films that you have probably heard of starred some other guy.
For the record, by today at noon Zan was Zac and Twilight had its i. However, Dicaprio remains, along with "Hugh School Musical".
-- "Recycled (local news briefs)" in Vancouver 24 hours on March 30, 2009
Yes, because my empty drink bottles and flattened cardboard boxes have been complaining every single frickin' day about having nothing to wear and it's getting so very annoying. I think the writer meant to write from instead of for.
-- Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, USA, on March 26, 2009
Either no one proofread this sign before installation or at least one person proofread this sign and it was still installed. Which is worse? If the sign was proofread, either the error wasn't spotted or it was decided to be too expensive to get a correct sign. "We'll just put this one up - people will be too drunk to notice." At least two other similar signs in the area had the correct spelling of facilities.
-- "Calgary teachers pull support for AIDS fundraiser" on Sympatico / MSN News on March 28, 2009
The top image is a headline link from the Sympatico / MSN homepage; the apostrophe should not be there. The bottom two images are from the article. In the subheadline, it's Steven Lewis, yet later you can see it's Stephen Lewis. The latter is correct. Does the foundation support just one condom or should there be an s at the end of condom? Probably the latter. The subheadline has an apostrophe after Teachers in the association's name, but later it's absent. The apostrophe should be there. Then the association becomes teacher's orgnaization. Seriously? First there's the transposed n and a, but also the apostrophe is misplaced; why would the writer think that Teachers' Association could also be written as teacher's organization?
-- "Reel trivia starring... Steve Martin" in Vancouver 24 hours on March 27, 2009
Dictionary.com's first entry for panter is a noun: "one who pants". A strategically placed (or even correctly placed) h would make the movie title correct. The word inspector - because it's identifying Clouseau - should be capitalized
-- "Obama apologizes for quip about Special Olympics on Leno show" on Yahoo! Canada News on March 20, 2009
There needs to be a space between the first closing quotation mark and Shriver. Good Morning America should be italicized, with the opening quotation mark (missing its closing) omitted. It seems seem should be seen. I wonder if pointing out these errors is humiliating for the writer?
-- "Three-peat (local news briefs)" in Vancouver 24 hours on March 18, 2009
The misplaced apostrophe from yesterday is misplaced again in this new blurb. The apostrophe goes after the s. And, g whiz, after first period Lanzinger gained a letter. Better check to see if anyone is missing a letter. For those who may think that the apostrophe could go either before or after, or even be omitted altogether, here's a screen capture from the BCTF homepage:
-- "Fire Cryer: gay and lesbian groups" in Vancouver 24 hours on March 18, 2009
While we're at it, let's fire this story's writer (and proofreader, if applicable) and hire some professionals who know that an opening quotation mark eventually requires a closing quotation mark. Sometimes it's dozens of words later, while other times - as above - it's just four words later.
-- Vancouver 24 hours homepage (vancouver.24hrs.ca) on March 18, 2009
You won't win over many readers with obvious errors on your homepage. Not once, but twice; at the top of the page with the headlines of top stories, and at the bottom of the page with the headlines of sports stories.
-- "Spotlight on gangs" in Vancouver 24 hours on March 18, 2009
I'm not going to sugarcoat it: your punctuation and spelling skills suck. Where are your paper's proofreaders? The quality of the writing improves when they get involved. (If you do have proofreaders regularly involved, get new ones; I'm available. If you don't have proofreaders regularly involved, get some; I'm available.)
-- "Online poll" on Vancouver 24 hours online (vancouver.24hrs.ca) on March 17, 2009
Usually the errors found in the print version are correct online. Here we have a rare example of the opposite. The top image is of the print version, with the bottom image showing the online image. The poll question always relates to a story found in the paper, and because the story is about more than one gangster, the apostrophe needs to be after the s.
-- "Ellington inks ('nuck talk)" in Vancouver 24 hours on March 17, 2009
When writing about one blueliner, use defenseman. For two or more blueliners, use defensemen. I have already seen this error in 24 hours three times (one; two; three) and Sports Illustratedonce. Interestingly, in all three previous 24 hours misspellings, a c was used instead of an s. Both are correct, but I'm under the impression that most publications strive for consistency.
-- "BCTF drops out (local news briefs)" in Vancouver 24 hours on March 17, 2009
The errors I regularly find in 24 hours no longer surprise me. No doubt many of its writers and editors were educated in British Columbia; how can anyone be expected to spell correctly and use proper grammar when there is just one teacher for the hundreds of thousands of students in the entire province? Oh wait, I just did five seconds of google-based research and the apostrophe belongs after the s. There is at least two teachers after all. So what's your excuse now, 24 hours?
-- "Woman's death not gang related" in Vancouver 24 hours on March 17, 2009
The final sentence in this article contains a word that has an extra s. If Hallgarth were a student and had several end of semester finals to write on one day, then finals day might be correct, but the article is about Hallgarth's death and the writer should have written final days.
-- "Felions ready to roar" in Vancouver 24 hours on March 16, 2009
Was the writer distracted by the scantily-clad Felions? I'd almost accept that as a valid excuse for the horrid errors on display. Writing grove instead of groove and dawn instead of don are two errors that a professional should never make - especially a professional writer.