The rule at Yahoo! appears to be to only add an apostrophe (and no S) when a name ends with S and the following word begins with a W. The exception to the rule is when a name ends with S and the following word begins with a W - that requires an apostrophe *and* an S. Got it? From the "News For You" sidebar on Yahoo! Canada News on January 24, 2012.
I can understand when misspellings occur and a wrong word appears in an article, but when a misspelling results in a published nonword, that is pure carelessness. From "B.C. ferry report demands changes" on CBC News online on January 24, 2012.
It should come as no surprise to anyone, including professional journalists, that the dollar sign ($) represents the word dollar(s). Therefore, having both the dollar sign and the word dollars is redundant. From the final sentence of "Teen's death still unsolved 1 year later" on CBC News online on January 22, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.
If the word children is plural, then what is the word childrens? Trick question - it's not a word. That apostrophe should be before the S. From "Blinded by the light" on the front page of Metronews Vancouver on January 13, 2012.
At least one person at CBC actually thinks that an apostrophe belongs in thinks. All I can say to that one person is, Oh honey. From "TransLink tables new fare increase" on CBC News online on January 10, 2012. Today is January 26 and the error is still there. Click the image to enlarge it.
There is one the too many in this sentence from "Facebook's newest frontier: inside the car" on Yahoo! Canada News on January 9, 2012. The the that does not belong is the one between not and exactly. Click the image to enlarge it.
In this player note for Cory Schneider (from Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Hockey on December 15, 2011), Hurricanes is missing its C and Canucks gained a B. Then,
in early January, the player note for Jonathan Quick made reference to a specific game he played against the Kings, and mentions 16 total games in which he's battled the Kings. The problem? As of the writing of this sentence on January 26, 2012, every single NHL game Quick has played in has been for the Kings.
The headline of the article ("Defence Minister Peter MacKay shares photo of recent intimate wedding" on Yahoo! Canada News on January 9, 2012) and the article itself both focus on the release, and content of, a single wedding picture. Yet in the photo caption of said single wedding picture, the bride's name is misspelled. Her first name is Nazanin.
I was reading an article on Yahoo! Canada Finance when the "Top Stories" portion of the sidebar caught my eye. I clicked the link to the top story and got taken to this article. After reading the entire article twice, I'm still trying to answer the who-what-when-where-why of it all. Answering even one of the five Ws would suffice.
Really? Misspelling or as are? Really? This is the final sentence of "Video reveals 2 possible B.C. homicide witnesses" on CBC News online on December 22, 2011. (Since the time of obtaining the screen capture, the headline has been changed to "Suspect vehicle seized in slain Surrey teen case".)
There are four easily accessible bedrooms in this $88M apartment, according to "Billionaire's Daughter Pays Record Sum for NYC Pad" on Yahoo! Canada Finance on December 20, 2011. And then, once you meander past a few words and a couple of commas, there are four more bedrooms. Click the image to enlarge it.
This is the first sentence from the article ("Here's What 2016 Will Look Like, Says IBM" on Yahoo! Canada Finance on December 19, 2011), and the word has has no business being there. Click the image to enlarge it.
This is one side of a flyer from Keller Williams Elite Realty flyer that arrived in our mailbox on December 14, 2011. Firstly, the first your should be you're. Secondly, I think the first exclamation mark should be a comma. Or change the first sentence to, Are you thinking of selling your house?, and the second one to, If so, let me help you!
I've had this one for a while, but I just never got around to posting it until now. I'm a fan of Amazing Race, but I'm not a fan of the above question that was on the bio for every team on the most recent season. Click the image to enlarge it.
It's that time again: here are the errors seen on the Yahoo! Canada homepage during December 2011. So few! So very few! I don't know if Yahoo! was more on the ball and reduced errors significantly or if I was not on the ball and missed a lot of errors, but I have only two errors from the entire month! First, on December 7, sing should have been sign, and there should have been an apostrophe in drivers' attention. Then,
someone dropped an extra E into listeners on December 29. Huh, I guess that makes it three errors, since the first screen capture was a 2-in-1 special. See you next time!