Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Elena Bodnar's bra can can turn into

This error might be the result of the writer (of "One pair (By the numbers)" in today's 24 hours Vancouver) associating bras with the cancan dance.

the 33 miners are are living

The 33 readers are are laughing. From "Clown keeping up hopes" in today's 24 hours Vancouver.

Williams told 24 hours

Attention writer for 24 hours: the name of the newspaper for which you write should be italicized. From "Sister seeks answers to unsolved death" in 24 hours Vancouver on September 29, 2010.

Is your car crying 'midlife crisis?'

Is your writing crying 'punctuation-challenged'? From the MSN Canada homepage on September 28, 2010.

Teen dies after brutal Delta park assault remembered

This headline that appeared on the 24 hours Vancouver homepage on September 28, 2010, doesn't make sense. It makes me think that a teen was reminiscing about someone who was assaulted in a Delta park, and then the teen who was reminiscing passed away soon after the reminiscing ended.

Monday, September 27, 2010

after 1:30; targetted assault; The Szendrei family has asked from privacy as they grieve.

She was found on Saturday, but was it after 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 a.m.? Of course, the former would also cover the latter - perhaps just could be put immediately in front of after - but other news outlets have stated the attack was in broad daylight, so p.m. it is. From "Teen dies after brutal Delta park assault" on 24 hours Vancouver online on September 27, 2010. Later in the article,

it's another instance of a writer for 24 hours Vancouver misspelling targeted. A spell check would have caught that. Finally,

the writer has asked for privacy as he grieves the loss of a proofreader.

job seekers have either come to me for resume rewriting or have already got great resumes; collect business card; you may be random people who may be

The writer (of "How to start a job search" in today's 24 hours Vancouver) should have either moved either to in front of the first have or eliminated the second have. Also,

business card should be business cards. As for social clubs, I'm pretty sure the first be is supposed to be meet. How does that go unnoticed during a proofreading?

traffic in an out of the Vancouver Transit Centre

Well, I found the an that the previous post's a should have been, but now it's supposed to be and. From "Marpole transit station reopens" on CBC News online on September 27, 2010.

predictably put on a error-filled show

It's ironic that a should be an in this sentence from "Atlantic crowd treated to CFL stinker" in today's 24 hours Vancouver.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Woman's argues with Obama

It should've been Woman (without the apostrophe-S) on the Yahoo! Canada homepage yesterday.

Vancouver's eight homicide victim

This article ("Vancouver shooting victim identified" on CBC News online on September 24, 2010) has apparently been updated at least once since it first went online, yet an error in the opening sentence's second word has yet to be corrected; eight should be eighth.

Tim Horton's

Tim Hortons must not be a favourite local haunt for this writer (of "New Facebook app Places out in Canada" on Yahoo! Canada News on September 24, 2010), otherwise he'd know - or care enough to check - that Tim Hortons doesn't have an apostrophe. It's in the article's first sentence, and it's still there as I write this at 10:30 p.m. PT on September 26, 2010.

Friday, September 24, 2010

a realy-TV twist; latenight shooting; targetted

These were the top two stories on the 24 hours Vancouver homepage on September 21, 2010. No doubt realy-TV is really supposed to be reality-TV, latenight shooting should be late-night shooting, and targetted has one T too many - the correct spelling is targeted.

Facebook 'Like' button targetted

I have targeted this text seen on the Yahoo! Canada homepage today.

step on his neck, anything, cause that was ridiculous." - Korey Banks on the Jason Jimenez's blind-side hit

Firstly, cause is a word with an entirely different meaning from because, or 'cause. Secondly, it should be either Korey Banks on the Jason Jimenez blind-side hit or Korey Banks on Jason Jimenez's blind-side hit. From "Quote of the week (Game on: Lions vs. Stampeders)" in today's 24 hours Vancouver.

This is worse then any slasher flick

Then should be than in this sentence from "Talk away the stigma" in today's 24 hours Vancouver.

Moores; Moore

Tina was awarded a medal for heroism, but the writer of "Hero honoured posthumously" in today's 24 hours Vancouver can't be bothered to spell her last name correctly. Is it Moores or is it Moore?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

star of movies such as "The Wedding Planner"; after a four year ratings decline; We are 10 years-old; star of movies like "The Wedding Planner"

There's nothing wrong with this sentence from "Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez join revamped American Idol" on Yahoo! Canada News on September 22, 2010, but remember that Lopez is the star of movies such as "The Wedding Planner". Moving on,

there needs to be a hyphen in four-year ratings decline, and

the hyphen in We are 10 years-old needs to be removed. Finally,

remember how Lopez is the star of movies like "The Wedding Planner"? I guess Yahoo! just wanted to make sure you hadn't forgotten.

Amy (played by Mayim Bialk of Blossom) in Big Bang Theory

Mayim's last name is actually Bialik. Is Blossom the name of the city where Bialik lives? No, it's a television show and should be either in quotation marks or italicized. The chaperoned date occurs in The Big Bang Theory, and that too needs to be either in quotation marks or italicized. From "At long last, Sheldon 'gets it odd' with a girl" in 24 hours Vancouver on September 23, 2010

a new progarm

Do you think all the medical students know how to spell program? From "Art makes better medicine" in today's 24 hours Vancouver.

Richest self-made woman

Both of the above links (from the Yahoo! Canada homepage on September 21, 2010) lead to articles about women. Here's the top one and here's the bottom one.

such flicks as "Jungle Fever," "Pulp Fiction," and, of course, "Pulp Fiction."

I can't believe the writer (of "Celeb Initials Explained" on Yahoo! Canada Movies on September 16, 2010) didn't mention "Pulp Fiction" as one of Jackson's flicks.

Who will win "Dancing with the Stars?"

Who knows that the question mark above (from the MSN Canada homepage on September 21, 2010) should go outside the closing quotation mark? The show's title is not a question.

The women's husband

The story involves one woman, that woman's husband, and a purse snatcher. From "Elderly man corners purse snatcher" on CBC News online on September 23, 2010.

Ellen Degeneres

Ellen's last name is DeGeneres, not how the Yahoo! Canada homepage displayed it today.

It's the same incorrect spelling in the article's headline and in the article's first sentence, even though Portia will now be known as the correct spelling. From "Portia de Rossi takes wife Ellen Degeneres' name" on Yahoo! Canada News on September 23, 2010.

they are bouyed by the support

Bouyed should be buoyed in "Gang-rape victim back at school: family" on Yahoo! Canada News on September 23, 2010. A simple spell check won't catch all errors (that's what proofreading is for), but it would have caught this one.

Cundiff said and important details such as the date of birth

The above text is a full sentence from "Angel's Cradle in Vancouver gets 1st abandoned baby" on CBC News online on September 21, 2010. I think and should be any, or jettisoned completely.

Pitchers rely on the rosin bag to keep their hands try for an optimal grip on the ball

A lot of writers rely on both spell check and proofreading to keep their work error-free, but this writer (of "8 Obscure Rules From the World of Sports" on mental_floss online on April 28, 2009) skipped either both or just the proofreading. Try should be dry. Click the image to enlarge it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I've always wanted to go to Newfounfland. No, wait - it's Newfoundland I've always wanted to go to; I've never heard of Newfounfland. From the Yahoo! Canada homepage on September 20, 2010.

The book has been removed from you wishlist.

The above text appeared on my BookCrossing wishlist page after I removed a book from my wishlist on September 19, 2010. You should be your.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

But it's the one-on-one action that's going result in a deeper level of intimacy.

There ought to be a to between going and result in "The ideal time for love" in today's 24 hours Vancouver.

Rebecca Livesay; Daily Mail; Livesey

I don't know if the mother's last name is Livesay or Livesey, but I know it's not both. Also, newspaper Daily Mail should be in italics. From "You say party, we say fix your Facebook settings" in today's 24 hours Vancouver.

a headstone for his father, Rick Lees, who is buried an unmarked grave

He's probably buried in an unmarked grave. From "Support shines on fundraiser" in today's 24 hours Vancouver.

Go ahead and dust of the resume; it's smart to have a other source of income lined up

If this is typical of the quality of this writer's work, I think she should dust off her resume and have another source of income lined up. From "Money can't buy job love" in today's 24 hours Vancouver.

Jane Hawthornthwaite

Okay, the writers at 24 hours Vancouver must have something against the current MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour. Earlier this year, Jane Thornthwaite's last name was butchered a couple of times. This time - in today's "MLAs in Survivor mode" - the butchering level has been upped significantly; as you can see, a three-letter additional syllable has been added to Jane's last name.

The first genetically modified animal is inching closer the U.S. market

I think the animal is inching closer to the U.S. market. From "Fishy food or fine dining" in 24 hours Vancouver on September 21, 2010.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

then they do themselves

It's another case of then being written when it should be than. From "Research shows popularity fight can be a health risk" in 24 hours Vancouver on September 17, 2010.

Alice joins a survivors who want to relocate

It should be Alice joins survivors. From "Resident Evil: Afterlife (Still playing)" in 24 hours Vancouver on September 17, 2010.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

these metropolis' jumped 20 spots

The story involves two cities, also knows as metropolises. From the Yahoo! Canada homepage on September 16, 2010.

the starlet is loving life with a new man who's just are great as R-Pattz

So the new man is just are great as R-Pattz, eh? What exactly does that mean? I think it means the writer didn't proofread and therefore didn't see that are should be as. From "Twilight star Kristen Stewart says being famous is hard" on MSN Canada Entertainment on September 14, 2010.


The cover of The Vancouver Courier on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, had the correct date, but at the top of 32 of the other 39 pages the date was displayed as Friday, September 15, 2010 (the 7-page classifieds had the correct date). That date never existed, and will never exist.

Hand Painted Frig Magnet

This image was provided by my hasn't-blogged-lately friend Cher. She writes, "it was really funny to me, because this is this guy's living! They are tacky and I wouldn't have bought one anyway, but FRIG magnets? REALLY???" I wrote it before and I'll write it again: this is friggin' great! There should also be a hyphen in Hand-Painted, and an S at the end of Magnet - he is selling more than one magnet, after all. Thanks again, Cher!

James Joyce's Ullyses

James Joyce's whatnow? I guess the photo caption writer meant Ulysses, but it'd be nice if that's what was written. From "Pub crawl visits watering holes of drinkers who had writing problems" in The Vancouver Courier on September 15, 2010.