-- "Why the Canucks can win the cup" on NHL.com on April 29, 2009
I'd rather not know this much about the affections Vancouver defencemen have for each other. Further more, this sentence seems to be out of place from the theme of the rest of the article; perhaps the writer meant to use the word complemented instead of homophone complimented. Also, maybe you, the reader, are wondering why Alex Edler's name is the only name that's not a link. I think it's because the writer didn't use Alexander's full name.
-- "Officials brace for more cases" in Vancouver 24 hours on April 29, 2009
At first I thought that the text was originally sans was, and its should have been changed to it after was's insertion. But then the first its should have been it's, so I'm at a loss. This is the start of the photo caption for a large front page photo.
-- "Anxious for Round 2 action" in Vancouver 24 hours on April 28, 2009
Someone needs to talk to the 24 hours sports department at 24 hours because these then for than errors are getting out of hand. Please explain to the writers (and editors, if any) the differing definitions of then and than. It's never than for then., so I guess the writers figure then is a catchall.
This is horrible. From the erroneously placed hyphen after an -ly adverb to the extra word (the - what, there are only two perfectly toned legs in the entire world? But at least the hyphen isn't present there) to the misspelled exercises, are there no proofreaders whatsoever at Sympatico / MSN?
-- "First win of year" in Vancouver 24 hours on April 27, 2009
One win, one loss, and two ties is pretty much as even as a record can get. The only way to make it more even, I guess, is to have two wins, two losses, and two ties, but that can't happen after just one game.
Speaking of blunders, Alberta's is incorrect here. My guess is that the text was originally Alberta's ad blunder, with admits being inserted afterwards. Necessary alterations after the insertion of admits: omitting 's after Alberta.
Uhh, what? After clicking the link to find out what the hell the writer was on about, I find an article titled, 5 Ways to Prevent Video Game Addiction in Your Child. Okay, so maybe the teaser should have keep your between to and kid.
-- "Seasoned journalist takes johns to task" in The Vancouver Courier on April 22, 2009
Aren't writers encouraged to proofread their own work before publishing? Aren't they (also) encouraged to get someone they trust to proofread their work before publishing? Don't newspapers - all newspapers - have editors? In the first image, there is an extra word; his was probably meant to replace the, but both are present. Amazon.ca tells me that there are two books by Malarek with similar titles: The Natashas: The New Global Sex Trade, and The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade. The title of his earlier work that is given in the article is not found on Amazon.
Second image: the first five times Victor's last name is written in the article, it's Malarek. The sixth time, it's Malerak. The seventh and eighth times, it's Malarek. The ninth and tenth times, it's Malerak. The good news is that the writer was correct 70% of the time. The bad news is that the writer was incorrect 30% of the time. Third image: seeing then when it should be than (but never vice versa) is becoming a frequent occurrence. I find it easy to use the correct word, as then and than do not have similar meanings.
-- "Bullets versus ballots" in Vancouver 24 hours on April 22, 2009
Take away of police and RCMP reports and you're left with a review indicate there, which is obviously wrong. The obviousness is obscured by RCMP reports, which indeed would necessitate the S-less indicate. However, the sentence's subject is a review, so the spelling should be indicates.
-- "How to Avoid a Speeding Ticket" on Yahoo! Canada Autos on April 21, 2009
When writing a plural word, you do not add an apostrophe before the S, so in the first image police officer's should be police officers. While km's is tricky, because kms just doesn't look right, one could write either kilometres or KMs.
In the second image, the writer correctly wrote the plural drivers, but then for some reason wrote driver's two sentences later. Driver's is only correct when writing about something possessed by the driver, as in driver's seat.
-- "Online poll" in Vancouver 24 hours on April 21, 2009
One of these things is not like the others. The last option should be, Hmmm, worked? If the question was changed to What were you doing at 4:20 Monday?, then Hmmm, working? would be a correct option. But in that case, the first two options would have to be changed to Smoking a spliff and Not smoking a spliff.
-- "Vancouver readies the broom" in Vancouver 24 hours on April 21, 2009
Umm, no. When it comes to a playoff sweep (one team winning the first four games of a best-of-seven), it is impossible to delay the broom when down three games to none. If the Blues do win tonight, then they can not be swept. Hence, the Blues can prevent the broom, but not delay the broom
-- Photo caption on page 3 of Vancouver 24 hours on April 20, 2009
I wrote too soon in the last post; I found more errors on page 3 of today's Vancouver 24 hours. First there's the disagreement of Corey Miller meet fans, even though he correctly signs autographs immediately after. Meet needs an S. Also, some quick online research tells me that the show Miller is in is LA Ink - no periods.
-- "Kenyan comes in first at Sun Run" in Vancouver 24 hours on April 20, 2009
Ridiculous. The word marathon is not a synonym for race or run. A marathon is a foot race that covers 26.2 miles (42.1 kilometres), and therefore a 10K marathon is an impossibility wrapped in nonsense inside an oxymoron.
This is the third of three errors I detected in today's Vancouver 24 hours. All three errors are on page 3 and two of them are misspelled names of murdered women.
-- "Poundstone goes interactive" in The Vancouver Courier on April 15, 2009
The text above is part of a Paula Poundstone quote. I doubt she said Canadians knows instead of the correct-in-agreement Canadians know. The words bear and bare bear a sonic resemblance, but the writer should know that the phrase is bear a grudge, not bare a grudge.
-- "Fan sues NYPD; kicked out of Yankee Stadium for using restroom during 'God Bless America' - suit" on NYDailyNews.com on April 17, 2009
I'm amused by online article's that indicate the article has been updated, yet errors are present. Were the errors there all along and looked over, or did they pop up after the updating? In this case, no should be not.
-- "Giants win Game 7 showdown" in Vancouver 24 hours on April 15, 2009
The Vancouver goaltender who shut out Spokane in a game seven to help get the Giants into the third round is Tyson Sexsmith. The writers and editors at 24 hours continue to show their ignorance regarding the difference between defensemen and defenseman.