Sunday, December 30, 2012

That's huuuuge, brother

Do you think there's an extra 0 and the restaurant's size is actually not out of the ordinary, or do you think the comma should be one digit to the right and the restaurant is wicked humongous? From "Hulk Hogan To Open 'Breastaurant,' Hogan's Beach In Tampa Bay, Florida" on The Huffington Post on December 27, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Give me a P!

It's employee at the top of the ad (for Chevrolet on Yahoo! Canada on December 24, 2012) but it's a nonword at the bottom of the ad. Click the image to enlarge it.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Proofread? Not bloody likely!

The first sentence in the summary of 2012's top moment (in "2012 Year in Review: NHL lockout No. 1 in CP's top moments in Canadian sport in 2012" on Yahoo! Canada Sports on December 18, 2012) includes a nonword. Forget proofreading - that's an error that a quick use of spell check would have caught. Click the image to enlarge it.

Get your DeLoreans ready, Muse fans

This Google AdSense ad appeared on one of my other blogs on December 15, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Writers should start trying to proofread

That right there is the first sentence of "Politicians should stop trying to be comedians" on Yahoo! Canada News on December 10, 2012. Of course, be should be me, and it doesn't bode well when an article's second word is misspelled. Then,

parody is correctly spelled once, but not twice, in the article's third sentence. Also, there is one leader too many. Another also, "Gangnam Style" should be in quotation marks and not italicized. Then,

in the article's seventh sentence, This Hour Has 22 Minutes is severely undercapitalized. Lastly,

in the article's final sentence, Gangnam Style is again italicized when it should instead be in quotation marks. Not only that, it's now missing an N. Click an image to enlarge it.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

An E is not an O is not an E

Kurt gets introduced to us with the last name of Derkson, but in the very next sentence his last name is Derksen. From "Psychiatric patient missing from Port Coquitlam facility" on CBC News online on December 7, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

An eighth-grader could do better

This was part of "Your Moment of Zen" on The Daily Show on December 4, 2012, but is clearly CNN's doing. Eigth is not a word - the word is eighth - and Easy-Bake Ovens is under-capitalized. Click the image to enlarge it.

Fails to stick the landing

In this short photo caption (from "McCartney's fireworks damage roof at BC Place" on CBC News online on December 4, 2012) of should be off and singer Paul McCartney's last name is misspelled. Click the image to enlarge it.

Friday, December 14, 2012

CBC British Columbia homepagerrors - November 2012

Are you looking for errors? You're in luck. Are you looking for errors that were found on the CBC British Columbia homepage during November 2012? Well gee whiz, what a nutty coincidence! Here are the few I found. First, on November 18 a writer was able to correctly spell Coquitlam, but was not able to correctly spell Port Coquitlam in the same sentence. The article's first sentence is exactly the same, and the error remains to this day. Then,

on November 19 stories surely should have been stores. Then,

on November 30 injuried no doubt should have been injured. Well, that's it. Click an image to enlarge it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yahooooo! November 2012

It's Yahoo! error fun time! Here are the errors I detected on the Yahoo! Canada homepage during November 2012. First, on November 1, loss should have been lost. Then,

also on November 1, Maclean's felt naked without its required apostrophe. Then,

on November 7, affect should have been effect. Then,

there was a misspelling of museum on November 8. With easy access to spell check and online dictionaries, how do nonwords appear on major websites? I don't get it. Lastly,

Jennifer Aniston's last name was jealous of her first name's double-N and decided to do something about it. Click an image to enlarge it.

Monday, December 10, 2012

24 hours Vancouverrors - November 2012

Hey! I've got errors! They were found in the pages of 24 hours Vancouver during November 2012! Let's start! In "Monday night fun" on November 13, 2012, there was a misspelling of visited. At least I hope it was supposed to be visited, and not fisted. Then,

in "ACDC finally on iTunes" on November 20, 2012, there was a misspelling of available. Then,

in "More Paranormal" on November 22, 2012, there was a misspelling of paranormal. Then,

in "Singapore plants its roots" on November 28, 2012, there was a misspelling of museum. Then,

in "'Super drunk' Wings prospect busted in Teletubby costume" on November 28, 2012, through surely should have been thought. Click an image to enlarge it.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ottawa has more than one A. Get it right, eh?

I detected a couple of errors in the November 2012 issue of Mental Floss. First (in "WikiLeaks Meets TV Guide"), there was a misspelling of Ottawa. Then,

there was a misplaced question mark in "The Quiz" - it should have been after the closing quotation mark. Click an image to enlarge it.

Mind your ths and rds

This is posted where I work. How would you pronounce December 3th? Would it be December thirth? December threeth? Reminds me of the 2rd floor post. Is it the 18th annual or the 16th annual? Also, is the event REALTORS® CareBlanket Drive or is it REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive? It's twice the former and once the latter, making me think it's the former, but the logo on the left makes me think it's the latter. Click the image to enlarge it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Get the editor onn the phone!

Paul McCartney was in town on Sunday, and by all reports it was a fantastic show. Not so fantastic is the of/off error in this photo caption for an article ("Paul McCartney's setlist promises the Beatles' best in Vancouver" on The Georgia Straight online on November 25, 2012) that was posted just after noon on the day of the show. Then,

in another article ("Paul McCartney fans are not going berserk like they did before the 1964 concert in Vancouver" on The Georgia Straight online on November 25, 2012) posted right before the show, the error was repeated. What makes it worse is that it wasn't a copy-and-paste job, because the stage was changed to our stage. Click an image to enlarge it.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Withdraw $20 dollars from the ATM machine using your PIN number

The dollar sign ($) in front of the 10 means that the word dollars is redundant. This is the opening paragraph of "Pregnant Hotel Manager Forced to Give Birth in Guest Room, Suit Alleges" on Yahoo! Canada Shine on November 15, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Who write's this stuff?

That apostrophe doesn't belong. From "Carol Berner impaired driving death conviction stands" on CBC News online on November 20, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

It's its

I got an email from City Chase on November 9, 2012, and this it's/its error is featured prominently in it. Also, the error featured in an earlier City Chase post is present again. Click the image to enlarge it.

Friday, November 23, 2012

This doesn't look fine

From "Metro Vancouver eyes tougher laws for aggressive dogs" on CBC News online on November 7, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wear or where? Meh, I don't car

Here's the headline of an article ("Sidewalk-driving woman ordered to wear ‘idiot’ sign as punishment" on Yahoo! Canada News on November 6, 2012), which states that a woman was ordered to wear an "idiot" sign. Wear the sign. Wear it. Wear. Got it? Good. Then,

in the article's second sentence, it changes. Now the woman was ordered to hold the sign. Hold it. Then,

there was a careless misspelling of cares. Then,

apparently there once was a case of someone having to where a sign. Not hold a sign. Not wear a sign. They had to where a sign. Where. Click an image to enlarge it.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bigfoot and botch job

Why can't this writer simply copy and paste? I say simply because, well, it's a really frickin' simple task. The link to the source article takes readers to a magical place where there isn't a misspelling of straight and all closing quotation marks are included. From "Hikers run when ‘bear’ they are filming looks like Bigfoot" on Yahoo! Canada News on November 5, 2012.

Online isn't permenant

One benefit of online articles is that errors can be fixed. Therefore, I wonder how quickly readers will see the proper spelling of permanently, the addition of the word custody between RCMP and in, and the addition of a comma immediately following B.C. Three errors in one short photo caption, including a nonword. From "Investigation urged after man disabled in RCMP custody" on CBC News online on November 2, 2012.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Errors in Prank Night

In July I listed the errors I detected in a book titled The Peep Diaries. Now, here are the errors I found in a book titled Prank Night. While I didn't detect as many errors as I did in The Peep Diaries, I still detected a lot.

P. 10: Despite himself, Johnny said, "Comic's aren't stupid, Dad."

P. 15: Once day, Mabel or no, he was going to take that damned box and burn it to ashes.

P. 16: His father's hadn't always been so mean to him.

P. 16: "You just be ready to call Chief Sinclair in case it gets me."
P. 34: Travis Sinclair chuckled and enfolded Ben in a great bear hug of an embrace.
P. 42: Chief of Police Travis Sinclar watched with regret as the green van left the cemetery.
P. 45: "I want to thank you for attending, Chief Sinclair. ..."

P. 133: Paxton tried to pry himself lose but the bigger man had a grasp of steel.

P. 141: ... a fact he had known all to well in high school.

P. 158: Jimmy yawned and stepped to the window in his bear feet, the cool floorboards making him break out in goose bumps.

P. 163: He rolled down the window so he could breath in the crisp morning air ...

P. 184: "I'd also like the special and three glazed donuts for desert."

P. 193: None of his few freinds did, nor any of his customers.

P. 228: "You're tongue is sharper than my knife, lady."

P. 253: A measely bear ...

P. 257: Ben choose his next words carefully in order not to come across as a raving lunatic.

P. 310: Who would ever have thought that he would live to encounter a living spawn striaght from hell.

P. 311: Buy if that was the case, it meant the Bible was completely true.

P. 333: He shook his his head, saying, "I didn't hear anything, son."

Man, check your work.

It's Naramata. From "Killed mountain biker identified" in Metronews Vancouver on October 23, 2012.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Yahoooo! October 2012

October 2012 was a light month for errors I detected on the Yahoo! Canada homepage. First, on October 1, apologizes was missing its Z. Then,

on October 9, Ben Affleck surely knocked off the side mirror and not the rear-view mirror which is found inside cars. Then,

on October 10, Hall of Fame should not have hyphens. But even worse, the writer shouldn't have written that Bill Parcells is a Hall of Fame coach. Why not? Because he isn't. Then,

on October 27, student should have been students. That's it. Click an image to enlarge it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I don't recommend copying recommened

At the bottom of the Barnet Marine Park page on the City of Burnaby website, there are some issues. On the left, recommended is missing its first D. In the centre, I don't know why the reader is told to check themselves out. Even if it's a compliment, it doesn't pertain to a map of the park. There should be an it between check and out. On the right, it's as if the only way to get there is from the west. What about the people who would access Barnet Highway from the east? Are those people not welcome at the park? Click the image to enlarge it.

Fuc function

The function of a spell checker is to catch mistakes such as typing fuction when you meant to write function. From the Georgia Straight homepage on October 11, 2012.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The extra E is for erotic

The best place for a nonword: a headline. Remember, it's remembrance. From "Veterans say bar is 'sexualizing' Rememberance Day" in 24 hours Vancouver on October 9, 2012.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Yahoooooooooo! September 2012

It's Yahoo! time! Here are the errors I detected on the Yahoo! Canada homepage during September 2012. First, on September 12, there was an extra the. Then,

also on September 12, there was yet another Dragons' Den gaffe. If Yahoo! is talking about Dragons' Den, you can bet good money the apostrophe is in the wrong place. Then,

I clicked to the article ("Beardo, a hat for beards, more popular than creator imagined" on Yahoo! Canada Shine on September 11, 2012) and first saw that the caption for the large top-of-article photo has the same error. Then,

the article's fourth sentence has the same error. Then,

a few paragraphs later there shouldn't be an apostrophe at the end of Phillips. Much worse, though, is the misspelling of what should be Stroumboulopoulos. That's awful. Then,

one final repeated apostrophe error in what should be Dragons' Den. Then,

on the homepage on September 13 there was inconsistent capitalization. There is often one line of about ten that is in all caps. I don't get it. Then,

on September 14 the inconsistent capitalization happened again. Then,

on September 19 the writer should have scanned for for extra words. Also, it's either two accents or zero accents in resume. Not just one. Then,

on September 21 there were two apostrophe errors in one sentence. Hatem Jahshan and Tonia Jahshan are together known as the Jahshans. And I'm pretty sure you can tell by now that Dragon's Den is wrong. Then,

I clicked to the article ("Steeped Tea success marks Dragon’s Den return" on Yahoo! Canada Finance on September 20, 2012) and there's the incorrect Dragon's Den right there in the headline. C'mon Yahoo! - it's Dragons' Den. The show's den has more than one dragon. It's really not hard to confirm the correct apostrophe placement online. Then,

in the article's second sentence the writer decided to drop both the S and the apostrophe altogether to create Dragon Den. Yahoo!, you're making it worse. Maybe click the link that you provided readers and see for yourself how the show's title is written. Check the large logo at the top left of the page. Then,

still in the article, woman should be women. Then,

again in the same article, the semicolon should be an apostrophe. Then,

the S and the apostrophe reappear in the show's title, but the title is still wrong. Then,

in the final posting from the article (woo!), the Jahshans shouldn't have an apostrophe and Arlene's last name is Dickinson. Then,

back to the homepage (woo!), also on September 21 readers were gifted an its/it's error. Then,

on September 23 there was a misspelling of revisit. Then,

on September 29 the word a should have been added in front of 30-year-old. Then,

on September 30 decieved should have been deceived. I followed a hunch that Ban Ki-Moon's name was wrong, looked it up, and his name is actually Ban Ki-moon. We're done! Click an image to enlarge it.