These three subheadlines, all from CBC News, were seen within a week of each other. First up, from "Lions Bay mayor wants more barriers on Sea to Sky highway" on CBC News online on November 24, 2013, there is this brutal misspelling of what should be kilometres. The article has been updated at least once and the error is still there. Then,
This was on the MSN Canada homepage on November 8, 2013. The first error jumped out at me: the apostrophe is misplaced in what should have been Dragons' Den. The second error, however, snuck up on me. At first I thought, okay, two or more teens have started a successful business. That's a safe and correct thing to think after reading "but pre-teens biz a hit", right? But do you see the link right below that? It says her business. Hmm, I guess there was supposed to be an apostrophe in pre-teen's. So,
I clicked to the article ("Toeless socks business booming" on MSN Canada Money on November 7, 2013) and sure enough, the business is run by just one teen. Therefore, in one sentence on the homepage there is both a misplaced apostrophe and a missing apostrophe. But at least the apostrophe in Dragons' Den is correct in the article's subheadline. Click an image to enlarge it.
November 2013 was a bad month for the writers (and consequently for the readers) of the Yahoo! Canada homepage, which means there are a lot of errors ahead of us. Here we go. First, on November 3, the word be ought to have been between to and seen. Then,
also on November 3, what should have been paleontologist was missing an O. Then,
on November 8 there was some suspect news" about Rob Ford. He's a leader as the mayor of Toronto, but he hasn't died, by poisoning or otherwise, and I even if he had died I don't know why the Russians would be the top investigators. Then,
also on November 8 there was an extra word: either at or outside should have been omitted. Then,
on November 12 hyphens were missing from 14-year-olds and hault should have been halt. Then,
on November 13 there was one the too many. Then,
on November 14 this teaser piqued my curiosity. So I clicked it, and
in the same article there's a misspelling of Rob Ford's last name, there are upside down apostrophes and quotation marks, and there is a he said that shouldn't be there. Hey, Yahoo! Canada and The Canadian Press - this is awful. Then,
on November 20 there was this misspelling of cyberbullying. Then,
on November 25 there was a be that should have been a been. Then, I clicked to the article and
read this first sentence (of "Pass or turd burger: Buffalo’s new third jerseys" on Yahoo! Canada Sports on November 24, 2013). Firstly, Rom-Coms should be rom-coms. Secondly, the second gets should be like the first gets and be apostrophe-free. Then,
also on November 25 there was this misspelling of surprises. Surprise! It's another nonword on the Yahoo! Canada homepage! Then,
on November 26 Josh Hutcherson's last name was treated well the first two times, but not the third time. Then,
on November 27 there was this misspelling of Massachusetts. Finally,
also on November 27 there was this misspelling of collapse. After all the nonwords that were on the Yahoo! Canada homepage during November 2013 and subsequently shared in this post, it's fitting to end this post with yet another one. Click an image to enlarge it.
Let's play "Pin the Words into the Sentence" with this sentence from "Woman dead after suspicious Coquitlam apartment fire" on CBC News online on November 23, 2013. Here, take "was transported" and put it where you think it should go. I won't blindfold you. Then,
can anyone help me make sense of this? I think a fix could be made by putting "the night" or "a few hours" between spent and taking, but I don't know which one is more factually correct. Maybe something else is better. Click an image to enlarge it.
this is found in the article's second sentence, and fewer has become less. Booooooo. Then,
the writer somehow thinks that 206 is nearly double 154. Oooookay. Click an image to enlarge it. Also, the term "Tri-Cities" is used five times in the article, and not once is it said which cities are included in the Tri-Cities. Here are two of the 20 comments below the article:
It would be nice if you could identify the "Tri-Cities." Perhaps the
locals know but other people ...? I gather Coquitlam is one. What are
I've often wondered what the "Tri-Cities" were, and I still don't know!
There's one apostrophe too many in the third/final sentence of this very short article ("Costco's poppy policy still unclear" on CBC News online on November 7, 2013), which was apparently too long to proofread. Click the image to enlarge it.
If you're a journalist and you want to make a statement with your misspelling, but you don't want to be so bold as to put it in a headline, why not try a subheadline?! The correct spelling of Tsawwassen is, well, Tsawwassen. Click the image to enlarge it. From "1,000 dolphins swim beside ferry off Gulf Islands" on CBC News online on November 1, 2013.
Sometimes on Survivor, when the participants are speaking quietly, captions will appear for the viewers. In this case, from the episode that aired on October 30, the caption featured a misspelling of embarrassing. This isn't real-time captioning, and is therefore inexcusable. Click the image to enlarge it.