Thursday, December 31, 2009

Steven Colbert; starting with 911

In "Top words reveal a lot about us" in The Now on December 2, 2009, Stephen Colbert's name gets a makeover. Also, while it was 9/11 earlier in the article, the slash is now incorrectly absent from 911.

The Loughheed Highway

The Lougheed Highway gets an extra H in "Vehicle crash cuts power in Coquitlam" on CBC News online on December 30, 2009.

Perseverence is best demonstrated

Seriously? The very first word of the article - "That's why they call it puppy love" in Tri-City News on December 2, 2009 - is misspelled? Young children, let this be a lesson: perseverance (and some spell checking and/or good ol' fashioned proofreading) will help you avoid silly mistakes in the future. A computer's spell check won't catch all spelling errors, but this one would've been flagged.

Coquilam Now

There ought to be a T in Coquilam in the Baby Book 2009 advertisement in The Now on December 25, 2009. Where does the T go? After me.

Update, January 7, 2010: In the January 1, 2010, edition of The Now, the same ad is featured twice and the error is present in both.

scolding a naughty child at a park or in a public place if they're parent isn't nearby

The other oldest one. A homophonic error - they're should be their - is found in The Vancouver Courier's "Sense of entitlement typifies today's teen" on November 25, 2009.

Lightening kept flashing.

I've fallen behind on scanning and posting various newspaper clippings that have been piling up next to the computer. This one and one other one tie for oldest. There's an extra E in lightning in Cascadia Weekly's "A Mighty Wind" on November 25, 2009.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


The unique spelling of skier is what caught my two eyes while reading the Yahoo! Canada homepage on December 23, 2009. I wanted to see what made this skier unique, so I clicked the given link and watched a video - "Lack of vision not slowing skier" on Yahoo! Canada Sports on December 22, 2009 - that included the caption seen below:

No hyphens after -ly adverbs, please. The same error was made in the description below the video. But hey, skier is now correct!

are you trying to say "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger?"

The writer of this article/gallery - "Metallica, "Broken, Beat & Scarred" (Fifteen of the worst lyrics from the ‘00s)" on MSN Canada Entertainment on December 17, 2009 - should have been more careful regarding the placement of the question mark, especially when pretending to take the role of a high school English teacher. Click the image to enlarge it. Here's a link to the exact page.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Man's finds apt full of presents

What I find hard to believe is that nobody at Yahoo! spotted this error, which jumped out at me on Yahoo! Canada's homepage on December 26, 2009. Click the image to enlarge it. Maybe the original text read Man's apt full of presents, but then finds was added with no attention paid to the required change of Man's to Man. In any case, the short article is amusing: US man finds apartment filled with Christmas gifts, but packages aren't what they seem.

making 2 saves

According to this article - "A gift-wrapped Canucks win" in 24H Vancouver on December 23, 2009 - Nashville generated just three shots on goal in the entire game (two were stopped by Luongo and one was a goal). In reality, Nashville had 21 shots on goal and Luongo made 20 saves.

a Kayne-free 2010

That's supposed to be Kanye-free in "Please Go Away in 2010" on Yahoo! Canada Music on December 8, 2009.

Surviving the holidays fight-free can be a challenging but doable

Above is the entire headline and subheadline for the article "Happy couples, happy holidays" in Metronews Vancouver on December 22, 2009. It can be a challenging but doable... what? Instead of trying to complete that sentence, I would have simply removed the a before challenging.

Seasons Greetings

If any newspaper would make an error in their holiday message on their final pre-holiday cover, it would have to be 24H Vancouver. Above is the 24H Vancouver front page on December 24, 2009. "Season's Greetings" to all the Detected Errors readers!

Ex-tennis champ say he 'sympathesizes' with Tiger Woods

For such a short news teaser - seen on the Yahoo! Canada homepage on December 21, 2009 - there's a lot of craziness going on. First of all, say requires an S on its end, to agree with ex-tennis champ. Second of all, how did nobody at Yahoo! notice the atrocity that is sympathesizes? It's such a mangled attempt at sympathizes that an extra syllable was created.

(There's a minimum gift card value of $25).

The writer of this article - "Get a gift card? Tips to wring every cent from it" on MSN Canada News on December 24, 2009 - should've put that final period inside the closing parenthesis.

so its looking for its own social media guru to protect its reputation

One too many its and one too few it's. The its before looking needs an apostrophe. This is from "News in brief" in Metronews Vancouver on December 22, 2009.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

the pop singer decided to giver Tiger her phone number

More fallout from Tiger's escapades: this article - "Simpson denies report linking her to Tiger" in 24H Vancouver on December 18, 2009 - has one too many ers. The fix is simply to jettison the R in giver. However, jettisoning phone instead would produce the lovely giver Tiger her number.

Because Pandora's air is toxic to hUnfortunately as groundbreaking

It looks like this article - "Feat of fearless imagination" in 24H Vancouver on December 18, 2009 - had a lack of space for all that was needed to cover, so the writer hoped that nobody would notice a sentence starting right smack in the middle of the preceding sentence. hUnfortunately for the writer, I noticed.

an intrusive, meat marekt-y way

The writer of the article - "Hip to the Motown beat" in 24H Vancouver on December 18, 2009 - needs less drink, more proofread in their meat market-y way.

Premier Gordon Campbell managed to met with international leaders; managed to get the world our about B.C.'s low-carbon economy

The entire article - "Euro trippin'" in 24H Vancouver on December 16, 2009 - is displayed above. Most professional writers would write either Premier Gordon Campbell met with international leaders or Premier Gordon Campbell managed to meet with international leaders; an amateur (posing as a professional) at 24H combines the two. Have I managed to get the word out about the atrocious journalism standards on display every day courtesy of 24H? It's not often you see two misspelled words back-to-back.

an nondenominational floor party. (Tip: you might want to run this one by your neighbours first and while you're at it, make sure they don't have any

This article about celebrating the holiday season - "Get gussied up for party season" in 24H Vancouver on December 11, 2009 - has a few errors. First, nondemoninational does not begin with a vowel sound, so it should be a nondenominational floor party. Second, since the entire sentence is within the parentheses, the period at the very end of the above image should be placed inside the closing parenthesis. That's not all:
The third error of the article is the missing a before line, unless drop 'em line is the opposite of pick-up line.

Jim Carey

It's not the first time Jim Carrey has been spotted missing an R. This time it's showcased in "Our pick (Television)" in 24H Vancouver on December 7, 2009. Detected Errors has now reached 1500 posts.

Critic's Choice; Critics' Choice

The article - "Inglourious Basterds, Nine lead Critic's Choice nominations" in 24H Vancouver on December 15, 2009 - features Critic's Choice in the headline, but Critics' Choice in the first sentence. Click the image to enlarge it.

Birkram's yoga

It's possible that the writer of this article - "Some competition can’t hurt" in 24H Vancouver on December 14, 2009 - had jewellery on the mind while attempting to spell Bikram's yoga.

In which movie did Jessica Alba play Jane Bullard, co-starring Mike Meyers?

In "Reel Trivia starring Jessica Alba" in 24H Vancouver on December 18, 2009, Mike Myers has his name misspelled

is 86-years-old

The writer responsible for this article - "Preparing for aging parents" in 24H Vancouver on December 8, 2009 - doesn't appear to be mentally sharp, otherwise the hyphens would not have appeared in 86 years old. Note the difference: Lenarduzzi has an 86-year-old mother, but his mother is 86 years old.

"The City is saying, 'Nothing is safe. We're just going to redevelop wherever we can get builders to build because it gives more revenue."; on how the

"The writer is saying, 'I don't care enough to put corresponding closing quotation marks for all opening quotation marks.'" Another error from the same article ("Rezoning resistance" in 24H Vancouver on December 8, 2009) is this incomplete sentence:

On how the identity of the neighbourhood what? Evolves? Disappears?

need to keep driving home this disease works, who it effects and how it's prevented

In "H1N1 still lurks, kills three more in last week" (in 24H Vancouver on December 9, 2009) effects should be affects. Also, the word how should immediately precede this disease.

Richards on Richards

The article "Charges laid" in 24H Vancouver on December 11, 2009, features a missing apostrophe. The venue mentioned is actually Richard's on Richards.

to clean a hoarders house

-- "Don’t blame me, I was only following hoarders" in 24H Vancouver on December 10, 2009

The team is cleaning a hoarder's house. Notice the difference?

six auto-pedestrain collisions

-- "Pedestrian collisions a concern" in 24H Vancouver on December 1, 2009

When people are walking so fast they can pass a moving train?

Simon (Cowell) was like, Do Stop Crying Your Heart Out.

-- "Pop ballad star Lewis dares to cover Oasis" in 24H Vancouver on December 1, 2009

The Oasis song is called Stop Crying Your Heart Out, so Do should not be italicized nor capitalized.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hayley Wichenheiser

-- "Women puck squad named" in 24H Vancouver on December 22, 2009

The photo caption failed to do what the article was able: correctly spell Hayley Wickenheiser's name.

Past and present compliment each other; Korea is a land where tradition doesn't clash with modernism, but compliments it.

Both the headline for the article - "Past and present compliment each other" in 24H Vancouver on November 24, 2009 - and the article's first sentence feature compliment when complement is called for.

It's beginning look a lot like Christmas.; came out to get any early start

The article - "Christmas is nearly here" in 24H Vancouver on December 14, 2009 - begins with a missing word (beginning to look), and then features an extra letter to create a wrong word:

While any does make a little bit of sense, I've gotta say that an would be a much better word here.

It's time to party like its 1840.

-- "Time for an old-time Christmas" in 24H Vancouver on December 10, 2009

It's time to party like it's an 1840 apostrophe party.

as the the Canucks

-- "Canucks win" in 24H Vancouver on December 15, 2009

There there is is an an extra extra word word in in the the above above image image. Can can you you spot spot it it?

Courtney Cox

-- "Dating Tips: 12 Things You Don't Know About Women" on Yahoo! Canada Personals on December 17, 2009

Courteney Cox is missing an E.


-- Pizza Hut coupon on November 25, 2009

Kid is eat free? No? Then please omit the apostrophe, as you did underneath.

Monday, December 21, 2009

whatever information they wanted They just kept yelling at me, she said; refused to comment on the mothers allegations

-- "Mother of suspect in fatal crash questions police tactics" on Yahoo! Canada News on December 15, 2009

Wanted: a period after wanted, a closing quotation mark after me, an apostrophe before the S in mothers. Click the image to enlarge it.

how good the referreeing is

-- "Promoters going by the book" in 24H Vancouver on November 27, 2009

If the refereeing is on par with the spelling, then there might be problems.

Biche's character, Lucy

-- "Scrubs restarts with new, younger cast" in 24H Vancouver on November 24, 2009

Kerry Bishe becomes Biche. Her last name is Bishé.

each student would donated one pair

-- "Sock it to 'em" in 24H Vancouver on November 30, 2009

If the writer had been paying attention, donated would have been donate.

both argued in the tenant's favour

-- "Tenant rights" in 24H Vancouver on December 3, 2009

At the very start there are four tenants, therefore if they argued in their favour, they argued in the tenants' favour.

losing 3-2 at home; to tie the game up at one last in the first.

This morning the 24H Vancouver homepage has info about last night's Canucks game. I suppose a loss is a loss, whether it's 3-1 or 3-2, so why quibble over details? I clicked Full Story to see if the article - "A Blue-ish loss" - got the score right. Aye, the score's correct, but another error was detected:

It likely won't be the last error by 24H - Shane O'Brien tied the game up late in the first.