Sunday, May 30, 2010

While medical attention was needed medical personnel were called to meet the plane when it landed Alongi could not describe the nature of the injuries

Would you believe that the above sentence is the fourth and final sentence of "Turbulence injures 4 on WestJet flight" on Yahoo! Canada News on May 30, 2010? It's true. Well, it's true if you believe that the featured sentence is actually a sentence and not just a random selection of words.

and another women, also in her 20s; not far where he was

The first error in this article - "Float plane crashes with four on board" on Yahoo! Canada News on May 30, 2010 - is a misspelling: women should be woman.

The second error in the article is a missing word: from should be inserted between far and where.

anchorwomen quits

I don't know whether the section of this headline - seen today on the Yahoo! Canada homepage - that disagrees is supposed to be anchorwomen quit or anchorwoman quits, but I do know that it's wrong as is.

Friday, May 28, 2010

guilty of assualt; Guatemala valcano

Right now on the Yahoo! Canada homepage, there is a misspelling of the word assault. Then, just four lines down,

there is a misspelling of volcano. These nonexistent words (assualt and valcano) would have been caught by a spell checker.

three close friends

Either the writer of this article - "Teen spirit (Class Notes)" in The Vancouver Courier on May 26, 2010 - can't count higher than three (which would be ironic because she covers local education issues) or it's up to the readers to determine which one of the four people listed is not actually a close friend.

no-kill bill draw fire

There is disagreement in this front-page headline - "NY no-kill bill draw fire locally" - from today's 24H Vancouver. Two or more bills draw fire, but one bill draws fire. Do you see the difference? C'mon, 24H, this is a front-page headline!

who's parents

It had been a long time since I'd seen a who's for whose error, and I was beginning to suffer withdrawals, but fortunately the writer of this article - "Wang signs" in today's 24H Vancouver - came to my rescue.

As I promised yesterday, I saw sex in the classifieds section of today's 24H Vancouver, so here's the post.

They way the rules are now

It's too bad there were no eyes on this error - they should be the - from "All eyes on Pronger" in today's 24H Vancouver.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It looks a little different, but today it's more of the same in the classifieds section of 24H Vancouver. There is no sex in the actual web address; it's I'll keep posting every time I see sex. Uhh, you know what I mean.

celebrate in an very bold and public way

It's another bold and public error on the Yahoo! Canada homepage today. The word very does not begin with a vowel sound, so an should be shortened to a.

An 'affront to Muslims?'; Sex and the city 2

There are a couple of errors on the Yahoo! Canada homepage today. First, the 'affront to Muslims' quote is from a movie critic and isn't a question, so the question mark above should go after the closing quotation mark. Also, in the highlighted box below the affront, city needs to be capitalized.

two ouncees of gold

If only the writer of this article - "Gold billboard unveiled in Vancouver" on 24H Vancouver online on May 27, 2010 - had some way of identifying nonexistent words in the article before publishing. Maybe some automated way of checking the spelling of words such as extra-E ouncees. I've also heard that proofreading is a fantastic way for professional writers to avoid errors.

an officer with a broken a leg

According to the opening sentence of this article - "11 arrested after U.S. college party gets rowdy" on Canoe online today - an officer broke his a leg. I guess he won't be able to bring his a game to work for a while.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

police in Toronot

Do you know how to spell Toronto? The writer of this article - "Love triangle manhunt ends in suicide" on Canoe online on May 26, 2010 - shows readers how not to spell it.


The writer of this article - "Campaign on a scooter" in 24H Vancouver on May 26, 2010 - tried to inform the readers what CCSVI stands for. Unfortunately, the result was insufficient.

In yesterday's 24H Vancouver the only web address listed for the classifieds section is incorrect. Again.

two seperate accidents

You know, I can kind of understand a homophone error slipping past a spell checker and making it onto the Yahoo! Canada homepage. But I don't understand at all how, on May 23, 2010, the nonexistent word seperate remained on the homepage all day. It should be separate.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Jose Lima dead at age 47

Change 47 to 37 (a full decade correction) and this news item - seen today on the Yahoo! Canada homepage - would then be correct.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

following 2004's Shrek 2 in 2004

Wait, wait, wait. Aren't you going to tell us what year Shrek 2 came out? From "Rounding up old friends" in yesterday's 24H Vancouver.

Sofia Czisowski

I've seen and documented on this blog misspellings of Robert Dziekanski's name, but this article - "Report is done, off to cabinet" in yesterday's 24H Vancouver - is the first time I've seen his mom's name misspelled. It's Sofia Cisowski.

from the their third line

It's gotta be either the or their in "Montreal makes it a series" in yesterday's 24H Vancouver. Either one makes sense on its own, but both together is plain wrong.

Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page

Make that former frontman. The writer of this article - "Cash up for grabs for best wine commercial" in yesterday's 24H Vancouver - must be unaware that Steven Page left the Barenaked Ladies over a year ago.

Friday, May 21, 2010

In a post eleven days ago, I pointed out that 24H Vancouver had two web addresses for its classifieds section. One had sex in the address and one did not. The one that did not was the correct address, yet in yesterday's classifieds section there was only one web address listed. The wrong one. Want to post an ad? Too bad. I guess you can use craigslist.

(He plans to return with his own "X-Factor" show in late 2011).

That period that is after the closing parenthesis - in "Idol judge Simon says bye" in 24H Vancouver on May 20, 2010 - should be before the closing parenthesis.

Arno Shortinghuis

This photo caption - from "Helmets block bike-share plan" in 24H Vancouver on May 20, 2010 - is short a C in Arno's last name. It's Schortinghuis.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Men talk about fllirting

Do you ever wonder how current the news is that you're getting from Yahoo!? Well, if you weren't wondering before, you might start now. Yesterday, after signing out of my Yahoo! email account, I came upon this article - with the headline seen above - after clicking a link on Yahoo! Canada's homepage:

The misspelled-flirting headline looked familiar, so I did a fllirting search of this blog, and one result came up: this post from March 8, 2009. Yup, Yahoo! is reposting an article from over fourteen months ago with its headline-misspelling still intact.

Their stories provide reader's with insight

This is from a paragraph preceding the story 'We are poisoned by the devil's dandruff' in today's 24H Vancouver. I think someone (I suspect a 24H writer) is addicted to apostrophes and is using them willy-nilly.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

NFL legend disqualifed

It's the second error seen today on Yahoo! Canada's homepage. I say this one is the worse of the two because it involves a nonexistent word that any spell checker would have caught. Disqualified needs a third I.

See her 'au natural'

I suppose the writer of this blurb on Yahoo! Canada's homepage today must have been trying to write au naturel.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Is their dancing age innappropriate?

If I were Yahoo! Canada, I'd be more concerned with the quality of writing being displayed on their homepage today. I think Yahoo! means for there to be a hyphen between age and the misspelled inappropriate. Without the hyphen, the question makes it seem like any type of dancing may be inappropriate at certain ages. "Sit down, kids. You haven't reached dancing age yet."

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tim Horton's Canadian sales

The company is Tim Hortons. I've documented Tim Horton's sightings before, but this article - "Sweet sales for Timmy" in today's 24H Vancouver - is the first time I've seen a correct Tim Hortons' followed by Tim Horton's.

one of our three concrete jockey's

The writer of this Hastings Racecourse advertisement in today's 24H Vancouver thinks that an apostrophe is need when creating a plural form of a noun. In fact, the word jockeys above should not have an apostrophe. Put an apostrophe in jockeys only if writing about something a specific jockey owns. For example: the jockey's underwear. Click the image to enlarge it.

lets go

Do you want to see an apostrophe-related error? You've definitely come to the right place, because the final paragraph of this article - "Reunion survival guide" in today's 24H Vancouver - has not one, not two, not three, but four missing apostrophes. It's let's go, not lets go.

from his testaurant

I think testaurant - in "Art returned after 20 years" in 24H Vancouver on May 14, 2010 - is supposed to be restaurant. Testaurant is a nonexistent word, so a spell check would have caught that.


A few things this writer - of "Toronto bus driver charged with impairment" on Yahoo! Canada News on May 13, 2010 - can do to prevent future errors include:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

a non-empty goal; looks on

What do you think the writer - of "Stinker ends season" in today's 24H Vancouver - means with a non-empty goal? Maybe a full goal? Or maybe he's talking about goals scored into an empty net. If only professional writers were taught how to properly express themselves in writing.

Then there is disagreement in the caption underneath the article's photo. Two players look on, and one player looks on. See the difference?

throwing him him from the machine; but was was pronounced dead

This article - "Man dies in Moosomin ATV crash" on CBC News online on May 11, 2010 - doesn't have just one one case of an extra word, it has two two cases, in consecutive sentences no less.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Blackhawks lead series 3-1

You're wrong, ESPN Streak for the Cash; going into tonight's game, the Blackhawks lead the series 3-2. Hey, ESPN, if you're going to refer to yourself as The Worldwide Leader in Sports, you should be more accurate with simple facts. Click the image to enlarge it.

dates in Augst

I wonder if the writer - of "PNE auditions" in 24H Vancouver - felt any angst about misspelling August. Probably not, because it's just par for the course for this daily newspaper, where there are zero roles that require the ability to proofread, or even the ability to use a spell checker.

The girl was assault in her own home

This news blurb - "Suspect arrest" in today's 24H Vancouver - has some disagreement. The girl was assaulted.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Rather then being vague

Every time this guy's column appears, there is at least one use of rather than, except it's almost always written as rather then. This time it's in "This question can be tricky" in today's 24H Vancouver. Getting it right shouldn't be tricky for a professional writer.

In the above image from today's 24H Vancouver there's a web address in the top left corner, and a different web address in the bottom right corner. So, 24H Vancouver, is there sex in the address or not? Click the image to enlarge it.

Const. Lindsay Houghton

Lindsey Houghton once again has his first name abused by the Vancouver media. This time it's in "Daughter arrested" in today's 24H Vancouver. Here's a link to more Lindsay errors.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

YES: 17% NO: 83%

Wow. Yesterday there was another colour-swapping error in the regular "Yesterday's poll" section of 24H Vancouver. The errors are almost becoming as regular as the section itself. It had only been four days since the previous error.

suspicions he used performance enhancing drugs, according to a Major League Baseball players.

Two errors in one sentence in "Bonds respected" in yesterday's 24H Vancouver. First, there needs to be a hyphen in performance-enhancing drugs. Second, (assuming it's not just one player who thinks Bonds should be in the HoF) either omit the single-letter word a or add in poll of after the a.