Saturday, June 29, 2013

Milan Lucic plays for the Chiacago Blackhawks

It's one thing to misspell Chicago, but it's a whole 'nother thing to claim that the series-winning goal was scored by a member of the losing team. Attention writer: the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup by beating the Bruins in the final, and Milan Lucic plays for the Bruins. (The winning goal was actually scored by Dave Bolland. Click here for the game's box score.) From "News for Youse: Housing for the DTES, Torterella Canucks new coach, and Bieber accused of drug addiction" on The Georgia Straight online on June 25, 2013.

Do you think anyone proofread this sentence?

Cloutier's should be Cloutiers. From "Husband accidentally sells wife’s $23,000 wedding ring for $10" on Yahoo! Canada Shine on June 13, 2013. Click the image to enlarge it.

Her sister? Her womb?

The woman's what went into labour? The writer of this article ("Woman gives birth at B.C. mall with security guard's help" on CBC News online on June 12, 2013) finds a way to add mystery to an already mysterious story. Click the image to enlarge it.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

CBC British Columbia homepagerrors - May 2013

Here are the errors from the CBC British Columbia homepage during May 2013. For the first 19 days no errors were detected, but on May 20 prevents shouldn't have had that S. Then,

on May 22 there must've been three cars involved in this crash, right? It's a confusing way for the writer to have worded it, but what else could another other car mean? Then,

on May 29 identity should have been identify, and - you may want to be seated when I tell you this - kittens are cats. Shocking, I know. That CBC homepage sentence is also the first sentence of the linked-to article ("Tortured cat videos earn B.C. man 17-month sentence" on CBC News online on May 29, 2013), and later in the article,

there was a doubling up of man. Then,

also on May 29, it's clear that no spell check was used in the making of this sentence, because the misspelled avenue would have been fixed. Click an image to enlarge it.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Yahoooooooo! May 2013

Here are the errors from the Yahoo! Canada homepage that I detected during May 2013. First up, on May 7 there was a misspelling of tasteless. Then,

on May 8 there was a weird - and entirely wrong - placement of the apostrophe in what should have been couldn't. Then,

on May 9 there was, unsurprisingly, another misspelling resulting in a nonword. Then,

on May 12 there was another apostrophe error. This time the apostrophe shouldn't have been present at all. Then,

also on May 12, the writer gets an F for this misspelling of relief. Then,

on May 15 there was yet another misspelling resulting in yet another nonword. Then,

on May 19 the word employee is in the highlighted box at the bottom, but is missing from the top. Finally,

on May 31 the writer was unaware that there was a fare where there should have been a fair. Click an image to enlarge it.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Close but no cougar

People who only read the first few words of articles before losing interest must have been intrigued about this posting that an entire city being closed. At the city limits, was there a "Back in 20 minutes" sign? No, it was just a professional writer who wrote is closed instead of has closed or is closing. From "Cougar sightings close Coquitlam park" on CBC News online on May 30, 2013. Also, on the map at the bottom of the article the park indicated is not the correct park. Click the image to enlarge it.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

24 hours Vancouverrors - April & May 2013

It's been a while since errors from the pages of 24 hours Vancouver have been featured here, and it's not because those pages have seen perfect writing; it's because I've been accumulating a whole bunch and now it's time to share them. First up, from "Predicting big things from emotional leader Kesler in the playoffs" on April 23, is the above mess. I think it can be solved by removing the is, but don't hold me to that. A couple of hyphens, in full-speed and power-move, would also help. Then,

in "Millennials + managers = meltdowns!" on May 6, gets contains an apostrophe and it absolutely should not contain an apostrophe. Then,

in the photo caption for "Pill bottles debut at advance polls" on May 9, prescription was misspelled. That was on page 4,

and on page 6, in the photo caption for "Riot couple avoids jail time" on May 9, sentenced was misspelled. Then,

in "Hader latest castmemeber to announce SNL departure" on May 15, there was a blatant misspelling in the headline. How was that missed?! Not only is castmemeber not a word, neither is castmember. It should be cast member. Then,
in "Modern thrives on relatability" on May 22, Cam is not Jay's son on Modern Family. Mitchell is Jay's son, and Cam is Mitchell's partner. Good effort there, writer. Then,

later in the same article, it was actually Cam who returned to teaching. Good effort again there, writer. Then,
on the same page as those Modern Family errors is this fun alternative spelling of "Gangnam Style" by Psy, which should also be in quotation marks instead of italicized. Click an image to enlarge it.

MSN Canada homepagerrors - April & May 2013

Here are a handful of errors from the MSN Canada homepage during April and May 2013. First up, on April 22 there was only one Ferrari owner, so attack should have been attacks. Then,

on April 28 to should have been too. Then,

on May 14 who's should have been whose. Then,

on May 20 causalities should have been casualties. (Here's the article for that one, with the correct word in the headline.) Click an image to enlarge it.