After clicking on targetted, I saw the article's headline that quoted the father as saying targeted, and the article itself using targeted. Of course, when one is talking, misspelling targeted is impossible. Not so when writing. Right, Yahoo!?
-- "UP is Pixar's Latest Triumph" in Vancouver 24 hours on May 29, 2009
Guilford is an actual place, but Connecticut is nowhere near Surrey, British Columbia. The writer meant Guildford. The movie's title is written as UP in the headline, as UP in the image above, but as Up both times mentioned in the article. Also, some 24 hours articles have movie titles italicized, while others (such as this one) don't. Why is that?
-- "Sex assault (local news briefs)" in Vancouver 24 hours on May 29, 2009
The suspect may indeed have been stimulated and excited, but it's impossible to wear a jacked. A jacket, though, can be worn. Is it only the transit police that are in pursuit of the suspect? Shouldn't the Vancouver Police Department be on it?
-- "Lilly says "no" to being a big star" on Sympatico / MSN TV Guide on May 27, 2009
This is, how you say, awkward. The show is Lost, so the writer has put the title in single quotes. But Evangeline Lilly belongs to the cast of Lost, so a possessive apostrophe is needed. So it should really be 'Lost''s Lilly, but that is awkward, and probably also wrong. The best thing to do is what I've done - don't put the show's title in quotes; italicize it instead. Then it can be Lost's Lilly - not Losts Lilly which is equivalent to the erroneous 'Lost's Lilly.
-- "Fox hooks up foodbank (need to know)" in Vancouver 24 hours on May 27, 2009
There are several things wrong in this short blurb. While the food bank is no doubt great, it's called the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, as it represents not only Vancouver but the surrounding communities as well. Raymur is a street, but it's officially an Avenue. Finally, onsite should be on site.
-- Integrative Healing Arts advertisement in The Georgia Straight on May 21, 2009
Why does Today's apostrophe not equal an apostrophe in Tomorrows? That's a rhetorical question; there should definitely be an apostrophe in Tomorrow's Health. Only omit the apostrophe when referring to multiple tomorrows, as in, This blog will continue for many more tomorrows. Broadway is an avenue, not a street. Well, it is a street of course, because one can drive on it, but it's officially classified as an avenue.
-- INspiration Interiors advertisement in The Georgia Straight on May 21, 2009
You think that's an impressive collection? Check out this blog's collection of misspellings, remote cotrol included. You'll be so amazed at the number of errors that you won't be able to control yourself.
-- "No pranksters (local news briefs)" in Vancouver 24 hours on May 26, 2009
That's a little mean. Why not just prosecute offenders?
Dictionary.com's definition of persecute: -verb 1. to pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment, esp. because of religion, race, or beliefs; harass persistently. 2. to annoy or trouble persistently.
Dictionary.com's definition of prosecute: -verb 1. Law a. to institute legal proceedings against (a person) b. to seek to enforce or obtain by legal process. c. to conduct criminal proceedings in court against.
-- "The Pause - Photo of the day" on Sympatico / MSN Sports on May 23, 2009
Should the or our be omitted. I'm going with the. Weekday should not be hyphenated. What about the capitalization of The Pause - Photo of the Day? I feel that day should also be capitalized. Agree or disagree? This was featured under editor's picks. So MSN Sports has an editor? Could've fooled me.
-- "Shrimp and Blue Jays (The Wind Up)" on Sympatico / MSN Sports on May 21, 2009
Here we have a writer who firmly believes the film is Forest Gump, about the character of the same name. It's not. It's Forrest Gump for both. And the film starred Tom Hanks and Gary Sinise. I've never heard of Gary Sinese. This writer should stick exclusively to sports.
-- "Don't forget the cover letter" in Vancouver 24 hours on May 25, 2009
There are some people who have made a career out of helping people begin careers. Yet when giving simple advice on how to prepare resumes and cover letters, they make simple errors. Here the writer has left out the necessary hyphen in well-written and combined the singular a with the plural letters.
A link to this page was posted to the Detected Errors Facebook group by Driver Christinedrive. There are several things wrong here. In the first line, Free is unnecessarily capitalized - would've been acceptable if trail and offer were also capitalized - and trail should be trial. I before E except after C means recieve should be receive. However, don't ask me about the E before I in Rottweiler. Lastly, Find our why should no doubt be Find out why.
-- Drag Me to Hell (Summer Movie Guide) on Yahoo! Movies on May 24, 2009
While in Hell, leave the extra L - her name is Alison. I've seen this movie's preview a couple of times and I could have sworn that the star was Jenna Fischer of The Office fame (Pam), and it would have been intriguing to see her play a very different character. Lohman's good, though, and I'll probably see this one, but probably on DVD as movie theatre experiences aren't very enjoyable anymore.
-- "Hawks learning hard lessons" in Vancouver 24 hours on May 22, 2009
There have been problems lately with photo captions in 24 hours, and this one has several issues. Is Kunitz an actor who portrays Boucher? Well, have you ever seen them both in the same room? Oh, yeah, in that image up there and during every Penguins game. Where in the photo is Bill Guerin?
Those crazy kids in the advertising department are at it again, dropping E every chance they get. Hey, 24 hours, that's at least three times in the past seventeen days that advertisement has been misspelled at the top of your front page. You might want to fix that.
-- "Busted by transit cops (need to know)" in Vancouver 24 hours on May 21, 2009
It's an when the following word begins with a vowel or vowel sound, with some exceptions such as, my brother is a university student. The word patrol does not even come close to starting with a vowel sound, so use a, not an.
-- "Park panic" in Vancouver 24 hours on May 21, 2009
Do you see how the large text says woman? Yeah, the photo caption is wrong, much like a photo caption in yesterday's paper regarding the same story. Hey, 24 hours, are you getting embarrassed about the numerous errors found daily in your newspaper? If yes, contact me. If no, seriously?!
-- "Wal-Mart tries to censor Green Day" on Vancouver 24 hours online on May 21, 2009
I think that if you're a professional writer and you write it's where its should be, you should be deeply ashamed. Do it again and you get written up with a letter in your file. Three times and you're out. For the second image, I think the writer swapped record and your and I know that the writer wrote whose when it should be who's. What does that say about the writer?
If you're going to send me a promotional email, I'd advise you to double-check your text for any errors. An error in just the second sentence tells me that nobody even single-checked. Gateway first opened it is doors? No, therefore jettison the apostrophe.
-- "Woman found dead at Lighthouse Park" in Vancouver 24 hours on May 20, 2009
I'm guessing the writer of the photo caption is not the same person who wrote the article, because the article's headline and main text had it correct as woman. If women were to be correct, then a would have to be omitted and was would have to be changed to were.
-- Parks and Recreation (NBC) online homepage on May 19, 2009
The only way watch's is ever correct is if you're writing about something that belongs to a watch. For example, the watch's strap is made entirely of pure gold. The same-sounding watches is also correct in the appropriate circumstances, such as he watches too much television. In the above image, neither watch's nor watches is correct. Watch would work fine.
Normally I restrict the screen capture to the error itself, but in this case I wanted to show just how prominent the error is. Yes, that is the newspaper's front page. The page-three article has it correct as targeting.
-- "Have you ever deleted something by accident? Oprah feels your pain. (comments section)" on Yahoo! Shine on May 7, 2009
So I found myself reading a Yahoo! article about Oprah hitting delete instead of save (hard-hitting news - don't judge me), and then while reading the comments section (again, don't judge me) I see a grade-school homophone error written by someone who supposedly works at a newspaper. At that point, I was waffling: to post or not to post. Article comments are generally out-of-bounds, but after realizing that the comment was written by someone on Shine staff, I waffled no more.
-- "Annika's Baby" in Vancouver 24 hours on May 15, 2009
The image above is the "article" in its entirety. I'm familiar with the name Annika Sorenstam, so I know what sport she plays, but if I didn't know the name I'd be wondering in what sport she won ten majors. The answer, which should be included in the article: golf.