On June 21, 2012, I received an email from BC Lions Football Club that had this at the top. Edmonto? Did the email writer confuse Edmonton with Toronto as they wrote the second half of Edmonton? Click the image to enlarge it.
A few weeks ago a mailout arrived regarding an almost-completed development. It's a glossy Community News flyer for Windsor Gate: Summer 2012 - Issue 7. See how I wrote that the flyer is for "Windsor Gate"? Yeah, that's the actual name of the development. On the opposite page,
that's not the way to spell Guildford Way. Click an image to enlarge it.
Here are some errors seen in the past month on the MSN Canada homepage. First, on May 21 someone - *cough* a professional writer *cough* - randomly inserted a T into Arnold Schwarzenegger's last name. Then,
on May 22 someone a professional writer wrote who's when it should have been whose. Then,
on June 4 someone who gets paid to write randomly inserted an extra T into Kate Winslet's last name. Click an image to enlarge it.
The first error of this article ("B.C.'s Peliwo loses French Open junior tennis final" on CBC Sports online on June 10, 2012) is in the photo caption at the very start. Filip Peliwo's name is written correctly right off the bat, but then the writer can't repeat that success. Then,
in the article's second paragraph, the the between managed and save should be to. Do you see how Peliwo smashed his racket? Well,
in the subheadline, it was his racquet. Click an image to enlarge it.
"Frenzy is a magazine created by us, to showcase all of our amazing books for teens!" [thesavvyreader.ca/features/] In the magazine's Spring 2012 edition, there is a quiz with the description seen above. I WOULD HAVE CHOSEN THE WORD CHOOSE INSTEAD OF CHOSE! Then,
for the third and final question of the quiz, this is the first possible answer. Clearly someone wasn't even trying, because a nonword that a spell check would have caught made its way into print: brainiac is missing its first I. Click an image to enlarge it.
Wow. No kidding, eh? Doughty managed to score one of the goals of the entire postseason? That's crazy. That's something that can only be said of every player who has scored this postseason. I think the writer meant to put a word before goals. Then he couldn't decide which word (prettiest or sloppiest or flirtiest or dopest?) and would come back to add a word in. But never did. From "Carter scores in OT, Kings win 2-1" on Yahoo! Canada Sports on June 2, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.
The error in the first sentence: women should be woman. The error in the second sentence: there should be an S after the apostrophe. The error in the third sentence: in my world, "criticism online" includes Twitter, which is online. From "Branson tweets apology for naked kitesurfing invite" on CBC News online on June 1, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.
on May 16 there was an extra word (bye, by!), and a missing hyphen in Vancouver-area. The errors are still on display in the article's first paragraph. Then,
on May 21 the second a should not have been present. It's still present in the article's first sentence. Then,
on May 22 readers were subjected to a horrible sentence. First, mainlnd's should have been Mainland's. Second, commutyer should have been commuter. Third, Pacfic should have been Pacific. Horrible. Then,
on May 23 oceanographer was missing its starting letter. Then,
again on May 23, demonstrated was missing its first T. CBC has to do better at using spell check, or proofreading, or both. Then,
on May 24 I was debating whether or not to give a pass to the incorrectly capitalized AirCare. Then I noticed 2104. That is one hella long phase out. Or it's supposed to be 2014. Which one seems more likely? Then,
on May 25 the the before Robert Pickton should not have been there, and what happened to the part after and? Finally,
and also on May 25, the first for should not have been there. So, May 2012 was a bad month, CBC. Want to drink away the memories? Okay, sure. Here's to June, and the start of summer. Click an image to enlarge it.
An interesting spin on the usual hyphens-in-ages error. Normally, 30 years old shouldn't have any hyphens, but in this case the error is that there should not be an S at the end of year. From "Man shot near Port Moody Rec Centre: report" on The Vancouver Sun online on May 30, 2012. Then,
the article was updated and the error fixed (and the man's age changed). But along came other issues. In the second sentence, I think the best fix is to insert the word and between night and has. Also, as you can see above, in the article's first three paragraphs we are told more than once how old the victim was, that there were shots fired, and that he died in hospital. Click an image to enlarge it.
The initials NHI and ELT (for not handed in and elite athlete, respectively) both made sense to me. But CAN for chose not to attempt didn't make sense. So I clicked the link included in the sentence and discovered, as I had suspected, that CAN should be CNA. From "Edmonton teacher suspended for giving zero grades to students who deserve zeros" on The Georgia Straight online on June 1, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.
It's really not that difficult: When an age is written as 25 years old, there are no hyphens. When it's written as a 25-year-old, then there are hyphens. Simple. From "Controversial gadget returns to schools" in 24 hours Vancouver on May 28, 2012.
It's poor quality, but it's a photo of a bottom-of-screen television caption so what are ya gonna do? It's not timely, but again, what are ya gonna do? Sue me? Please don't sue me. A little while ago, the Devils had beaten the Rangers 4-1 to tie their best-of-seven series at 2-2. What's two plus two? Four. That game was game number four. Not five. Four. From CityTV's Breakfast Television on May 22, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.
Above is a screen capture from the video that accompanies the article "Denning season prompts Stanley Park coyote warning" on CBC News online on May 21, 2012. The CBC reporter (on the left) correctly says the name of the SPES representative he's with, but the caption has it wicked wrong. His name is Dan Straker. Dan, not Ben. Straker, not Staker. However, the reporter isn't out of the woods yet: in the video he talks about the coyotes giving birth to kits. No, the babies of coyotes are pups. Click the image to enlarge it.
The start of June 2012 means it's time for a look back at May 2012 and all the errors that the Yahoo! Canada homepage assaulted our eyeballs with during that month. First, from May 1, 26 years old should not have included any hyphens. Then,
again on May 1, it wasn't Dustin and Moskovitz (Dustin Moskovitz is one person), so are should have been is. Then,
on May 5 Yahoo! couldn't decide if it should be do's and don'ts or dos and don'ts, so went with one of each. Then,
on May 11 your should have been you. Then,
on May 14, even if vie had been spelled correctly, this would not have made sense. It should have read either Men who will be vying for her or Men who will vie for her. Then,
again on May 14, including both the dollar sign ($) and the word dollar was redundant. Then,
on May 15 there was a creative spelling of unique. Then,
from May 23, how does Dancing With the Stars get initialised as DTWS? I suppose one has to undergo Yahoo! training to find out. Then,
again from May 23, someone added a T to Skechers. Then,
again from May 23, someone added an L to Motorola. Then,
again from May 23 (not a good day at Yahoo!), I saw that Seinfeld got mistreated. Then,
on May 27 the hyphen was placed incorrectly in Shiloh Jolie-Pitt's name. Then,
there was an extra E in fragrance on May 28. Then,
on May 29 there was an extra to. Finally,
on May 31 there was a misspelled receives - twice. I still don't understand how nonwords can regularly appear on Yahoo!'s homepage. It's ridiculous. Anyway, that concludes this collection of errors. Click an image to enlarge it.