Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Two men dead after fiery SUV crashes into Calgary house; a susipicious vehicle

I saw the above headline on the Yahoo! Canada homepage on June 9, 2010, and thought 'wow - first a vehicle catches on fire, and then it crashes into a house!' Intrigued, I clicked to the article and was disappointed to see that the headline for the actual article was "Two men dead after fiery SUV crash into Renfrew house" (on Yahoo! Canada News on June 9, 2010). Hey Yahoo!, notcie how adding -es to the end of crash changes the meaning of the headline significantly? Then, an error in the article itself:

Do you see the word susipicious? That's a trick question, because susipicious is not a word. The writer ("Peter McCartney, for Metro Calgary") was probably trying for suspicious. A simple spell check would have caught that, but the error remains there six days later so I don't think it's a big concern for Peter or Yahoo!.

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