If you peek into the dark recesses of the mind of this writer (of "Why it's important to get inside your doctor's head" in The Vancouver Courier on August 27, 2010), you might see an empty pocket where the knowledge of homophones is supposed to be.
The writer of "Crossing the line part two: How to go about your workplace crush" in today's 24H Vancouver should probably take a break and proofread her work once in a while. Maybe then she'll spot errors like thess when it's meant to be these. While she's at it, she could move that final period to inside the closing parenthesis.
This paragraph (from "Last-minute Labour Day getaways" in 24H Vancouver on August 31, 2010) is disastrous. First, there needs to be a comma after Ontario. Second, a is out of place. Third, the second abbreviation of September needs a period to match the one the first abbreviation got. Fourth, regular should be capitalized.
I recognize that the nonword comany (seen in "Let's go to Vegas" in today's 24H Vancouver) is probably supposed to be company, and I find it funny that the first suggestion given by Dictionary.com is cowman.
The first error I noticed in this article ("Network using LinkedIn" in yesterday's 24H Vancouver) was the colon - why is it there? The sentence would be better - in fact, would be made correct - if the colon were simply removed (ouch!). It wasn't until I was posting about error number one that I noticed the second error: Fortune 500 should be capitalized.
Another error seen yesterday on Dictionary.com. Not only is the question mark once again inside the closing quotation mark, but there is also a period outside the closing quotation mark. Click the image to enlarge it.
This error from Dictionary.com (seen yesterday) is worse than the one we posted yesterday. While a misplaced question mark is bad enough, a high-profile misspelling on a dictionary website is horrible. Click the image to enlarge it.
According to dictionary.com, anther is a noun meaning "thepollen-bearingpartofastamen". I then had to look up stamen: "thepollen-bearingorganofaflower,consistingofthefilamentandtheanther." The things one learns when another is misspelled. From "RCMP sex scandal" in today's 24H Vancouver.
I guess some writers don't worry about proofreading their work. In this case the writer of "Dealing with the back-to-school blues" in today's 24H Vancouver. Usually I can tell what the writer was going for, but not here. I think being just needs to be removed, but how did it get there? A headline is the worst place for an error, with subheadline coming in a close second.
An apostrophe is needed at the end of Alouettes, but that's nothing compared to what comes next in "Time to fix things, and fast" in 24H Vancouver on August 30, 2010:
Pourous? The writer no doubt meant porous (which is the first suggestion when entering nonword pourous on dictionary.com), but even so, how can an offence be porous? I've heard of defences being porous (penetrable, sievelike), but I struggle to see how an offence can be characterized as such. Also, see how the writer wrote "Their defence has allowed"? Defence is singular there, but then the "pourous offence are in for a yet another big challenge" - why is defence singular and offence plural? They shouldn't be. Are should be is.
I searched online for the Lions' record (1-7 after seven straight losses!) and the first news item that turned up was the article that contains the above errors, albeit in a different location. I first spotted the errors in the print edition of today's 24H Vancouver, while my online search produced the article with a different headline and found on the Toronto Sun website. And yes, the errors are still there.
I wonder how many editors and proofreaders were there before this article ("US ambassador's daughter, 17, dies in NYC fall" on Yahoo! Canada News on August 27, 2010) got published. I wonder if any of them had been drinking. Click the image to enlarge it.
Was the writer of this article ("Vancouver Canucks sign free agent Raffi Torres" on The Georgia Straight online on August 25, 2010) at his best when he wrote the nonword fiesty instead of feisty? No time for proofreading? Not even time for a simple spell check, which would have caught this?
There is actually a name attached to this article ("NY cab driver stabbed in alleged anti-Muslim hate crime" on Yahoo! Canada News on August 25, 2010), yet 5 days after the article appeared the error remains. I wonder if the writer will include this article in her porfessional protfolio. Click the image to enlarge it.
I don't think this sex-related misspelling will ever stop. From the classifieds section in 24H Vancouver on August 25, 2010. I'll admit that I'm a little surprised that a reader hasn't attempted to access the online classifieds site, seen that the address is wrong, and contacted 24H to let them know. Of course, maybe that all *has* happened and the last step of actually *fixing* the spelling (in what must be a template) is what hasn't happened.
It's a variation of the peak/peek errors we've seen before, and while I'll admit that the juxtaposition of peaking and cleavage is amusing, it's clear to me that this is not a case of punny business. Some sort of wink, wink, nudge, nudge (e.g. lace "peak"ing out) would need to be on display. From "Twisted Panties" in 24H Vancouver on August 25, 2010.
This sentence (from "Back to future at David Lam Park" in 24H Vancouver on August 13, 2010) is a prime example of why a computer's spell check is not enough; a proofreader would realize that starting is supposed to be starring.
A newspaper is supposed to be dedicated to accuracy, right? So how can you trust a newspaper that consistently prints an incorrect website address? From the classifieds section in 24H Vancouver on August 12, 2010.
From "Television" in 24H Vancouver on August 11, 2010. Is there a sudden E shortage I should be concerned about? On August 9, 2010, an E got dropped from another celebrity's name in the same daily feature, and now Courteney gets the same mistreatment. In fact, the dropped Es are from previews for the same show; maybe the host's name uses up all the available Es.
From "Twisted Panties" in 24H Vancouver on August 11, 2010. Is it Test Drive or Test-drive? I don't know, and apparently neither does the writer. However, I do know that team is singular so should be followed by is and not are. Finally, anyone want to take a guess as to why Sexiest is capitalized?
There is is an extra word in "Coyote attacks camper in N.S." in today's 24H Vancouver. This is the entire article. Would you agree with me if I suggested that the third sentence should be moved up to become the second sentence? The way it is now makes it seems like the folk singer who was killed went to the hospital for stitches, when surely it's the 16-year-old girl who was bit on Monday who went to the hospital for stitches.