Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A how-not-to exhibit

The folks at 24 hours Vancouver provide an exampkle of how not to write an article and a photo caption. Above is the photo caption from the article "NDP backs sex exhibit" on May 18, 2012. First museum is misspelled, and then exhibition in the exhibit's title is misspelled. But wait, there's more.

In the article itself, the name of the museum isn't Science and Technology Museum (as it is in the photo caption), and the exhibit doesn't have exhibition in the name.

Monday, May 28, 2012

At a loss

Where to start? I suppose the headline is as good a place as any. Looks to me as though the a should not be there. From "Bad boys more appealing to women at a certain times of the month, study shows" on Yahoo! Canada Shine on May 18, 2012. Then,

the article's opening two paragraphs both have errors. In the first one, the word to should be inserted between attracted and guys. In the second one, either it's should be inserted between apparently and your, or that should be removed. Click an image to enlarge it.

Nicholas Carlson is actually a very poor proofreader

This is the start of "Mark Zuckerberg's Hidden Talent: Firing People" on Yahoo! Canada Finance on May 14, 2012. There must be a word or two hidden in the article's second sentence. Click the image to enlarge it.

Monday, May 21, 2012


The victim's name: Jamie Kehoe. Jjust one J in the name.  From the photo caption in "No charges in Surrey bus stabbing death" on CBC News online on May 10, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

I'm losing mine

This is a paragraph from a letter that was sent home from my son's preschool on May 1, 2012. In the third sentence, patients well should be patience while. Two consecutive words produce two errors. Click the image to enlarge it.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dropping E!

Is it Froese or is it Frose? I don't know, and neither does the writer of "Kamloops man faces dangerous offender declaration" on CBC News online on May 1, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Yahooooooooo! April 2012

 Errors. The Yahoo! Canada homepage. April 2012. Let's go. On April 4, 900 years old should not have had any hyphens. None. Zero. Then,

 later that same day, department received one T too many. Then,

 again later that same day, of should have been off. Then,

 on April 12, the hyphen in Julia Louis-Dreyfus is not - repeat, not - in the correct place. Then,

  later that same day, Jimmy Buffett's last name was short a T. Then,

 after clicking to the article ("Jimmy Buffet to replace ailing Eddie Vedder in May 3 Jazz Fest lineup" on Yahoo! Canada Music on April 11, 2012), I saw that the headline was also wrong, despite the article itself getting it right in the very first paragraph! For shame, Associated Press and Canadian Press. Then,

again later that same day (April 12), there was another nonword on the homepage. When searching for siezes on dictionary.com, the first suggestion is suezes. The second suggestion is sizes. There are eight suggestions for actual words and seizes is not one of them! Then,

on April 19, there was a misspelling of Denis Leary's first name. And,

yup, the article ("Dennis Leary's Dick Clark tweets raise eyebrows" on Yahoo! Canada News on April 19, 2012) had/has the same error, despite the name being correct in the article's first sentence! Sound familiar? Smh. Then,

on April 20, why did the writer leave the Y out of Trayvon's name (in the smaller font)? Also, does it seem to you, as it did to me, that it was the judge who directly addressed the teen's mourning parents? I checked the article, and it was the accused shooter who did the addressing. Kinda misleading there, Yahoo! writer. Finally,

on April 25, I think the first the should have been then. Done. Click an image to enlarge it.

Friday, May 4, 2012

CBC British Columbia homepagerrors - April 2012

 Hello! I have in my possession some errors I detected on the CBC British Columbia homepage during April 2012. Want me to share them with you? Well, okay. There's no time like the present, so let's go. First up, from April 1, 2012, there is one be too many. It is also the first sentence of the article, which still features the extra word. Then,

 on April 12, there was another extra word. Only one from was needed. Then,

 also on April 12, there was a misspelling of Crown. Then,

 on April 23, there was yet another extra word. Then,

 on April 25, the first comma shouldn't be there, and centimeters should have the Canadian spelling of centimetres. (After all, CBC stands for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, non?) Then,

 when going to the article about Kimberley ("Kimberley, B.C. homes face flood threat" on CBC News online on April 25, 2012) there should be a comma after B.C. in the headline. The headline! Then,

 at the start of the opening sentence, the comma is now there, but it incorrectly took the place of the period! No! Wrong! Finally,

on April 28, there is one hyphen too many in what should be 240-year sentence. The headline of the article currently contains the same error. That's all I have to share with y'all! Click an image to enlarge it.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

24 hours Vancouverrors - April 2012

 Here are the errors I detected on the pages of 24 hours Vancouver during April 2012. First up, the question mark at the end of the first paragraph in "Don't believe the hype in pursuit of love" on April 13, 2012, should be outside the closing quotation mark. Then,

22th should have been 22nd in a Tom Lee Music advertisement on April 20, 2012. Then,

I'm thinking the writer (of "How to handle awkward work situations" on April 23, 2012) couldn't choose between "I'm allergic to perfume" and "I've got allergies to perfume" so went with a mashup. Then,

it's an its/it's error in a TransLink advertisement on April 23, 2012. It was a front page ad that continued on the inside front cover, and what you see above was the main text on the inside front cover. Click an image to enlarge it.