Saturday, March 31, 2012

Two sentences, two errors

In the first sentence, why is it potentiall - a nonword, in fact - when it should be potentially? In the next sentence, there is a zero missing from what should be 700,000. From "B.C. payday lender fined for charging illegal rates" on CBC News online on March 27, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Writer eclipses two-error plateau

There are a few things wrong with this article ("Canucks blank Kings to eclipse 100-point plateau" on CBC Sports online on March 26, 2012). First, Roberto Luongo's last name gets misspelled in the article's subheadline. But,

at least that was just one player getting mistreated. Now the entire city of Vancouver gets a slap to the face. Then,

after stopping a Kopitar shot, then a Lewis shot, Luonto Luongo manages to block a hard Voynov goal! That last part doesn't make sense to me. Does it make sense to you? Click an image to enlarge it.

An unusual error

The name of the player who was suspended for elbowing Daniel Sedin is Duncan Keith. From the photo caption at the top of "Canucks' coach confirms Daniel Sedin has concussion" on CBC Sports online on March 26, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Out of your league

The Colorado Mammoth play in the National Lacrosse League. From "No-look lacrosse goal gives player early hat trick (video)" on Yahoo! Canada Sports on March 25, 2012. Also, after watching the video, I can tell you that it wasn't actually a no-look goal. Click the image to enlarge it.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Error in the title

The show is Sex and the City. From "Surviving the ups and downs of a yo-yo relationship" in 24 hours Vancouver on March 20, 2012.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sentence misses its been

The word been should be between has and fired. This is the first sentence in "Crash results in Abbotsford officer's firing" on CBC News online on March 16, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Man, you fractured manufactured

The word manufactured is correct in the article ("UBC to use Grade 11 marks for early admissions" on CBC News online on March 14, 2012), but not in the subheadline. Today is 11 days after the article appeared, and the error - in the subheadline! - remains, despite at least one article update. Click the image to enlarge it.

Do these errors shock you?

This article ("Would-be homebuyers shocked at Vancouver prices" on CBC News online on March 12, 2012) features a few problems. In the first sentence above, wants should be want. In the second sentence, it seems a word is missing between first and in, and but should be by. Then,

the word of should be inserted between much and a. Then,

that neighbourhood of Vancouver is West End. Then,

the word at should be inserted between looked and a. Then,

the neighbourhood is still West End. That first sentence in the second paragraph is not a question. Click an image to enlarge it.

Here's where I feel it. Funny how it's, funny how it's here.

When I saw this on the MSN Canada homepage on March 12, 2012, I thought it didn't make sense. Then,

after clicking to the article, I saw this headline. There, that's better. Click an image to enlarge it.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

This is very vrey confusing

The 14-year-old son (from "Parents say 14-year-old son assaulted by hockey coach" on CBC News online on March 9, 2012) is introduced as Jeffery. But,

his name changes to Jeffrey. It's written that way not once,

but twice, before

reverting back to Jeffery. Click an image to enlarge it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Don't worrey worrie worry, it's only the internet

The problems began on the MSN Canada homepage on March 7, 2012. That is not the correct spelling of paraplegic. The problems really got going

in CBC's version of the same article - "Paraplegic's huge hospital bill cancelled" on CBC News on March 7, 2012. At least paraplegic was correct in the headline (which has now been updated to "Paraplegic's $27,800 air ambulance bill cancelled"). But for now, pay attention to the word cancelled. Then,

the subject of the story gets introduced as Brent Worrall. Then,

his last name gets changed to Worral. Then,

it gets changed to Worrell. Then,

it returns to its orginal spelling. But, why does cancelled in the headline get the two-L treatment, while travelers gets just one L? CBC is a Canadian company, and both of those words should contain two Ls. Click an image to enlarge it.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Missing: two apostrophes.

Maybe the writer (of "Striking B.C. teachers rally at Vancouver Art Gallery" on CBC News online on March 7, 2012) was determined to keep apostrophes out of this paragraph entirely. But in doing so, two errors occurred. First, an apostrophe should have been present in B.C. Teachers' Federation, and second, an apostrophe should have been present in the province's 41,000 teachers. Click the image to enlarge it.

CBC British Columbia homepagerrors - February 2012

I detected just a couple of errors on the CBC British Columbia homepage during February 2012. First, on February 7, we should have been he. Then,

on February 29, someone was short a T in the spelling of happen. I vote in favour of more schooling for that writer! Click an image to enlarge it.

[On July 25, 2013, someone kindly pointed out that "short a T" should have been "short a P" - thanks, anonymous!]

Monday, March 12, 2012

This writing offends me

Hey, Yahoo!, there needs to be a comma after the year in the date of February 29, 2011, but more importantly, that date did not even exist! Also, near the end of the above excerpt (which happens to be the article's opening paragraph) there is a has that should be a he - that is quite the misspelling. Also also, offense should be offensive. From "Urban Outfitters' St. Patrick’s Day Merchandise Offends Irish" on Yahoo! Canada Shine on March 6, 2012. Then,

the second paragraph quotes an offending phrase from one of the shirts, but

one can see from the accompanying image that Yahoo! left out a word. Then,

underneath the image, a misplaced apostrophe turns the correct Urban Outfitters into the incorrect Urban Outfitter.

Yahooooooooo! February 2012

Gather 'round, gather 'round. I'm about to present to you the errors I detected on the Yahoo! Canada homepage during February 2012. Let's begin. First, whoever wrote Nickleback on February 2 must be one of the haters, because the band's name is Nickelback. Then,

from February 10, how does a missed zero, or a single missed *any number*, turn an eight-digit win into a five-digit win? That math just doesn't add up. But wait, it gets better,

because in the article, "Man from tiny mining town in northern B.C. says his $16m Lotto Max win surreal" on Yahoo! Canada News on February 9, 2012, it's revealed that the man couldn't have missed any zeroes - the winning amount was $16,666,666. Then,

again on February 10, there was a misspelling of research. Then,

again on February 10, there was a misspelling of Florida. Then,

again on February 10, there was a double-decker of bad. First, doppleganger should have been doppelganger, and second, Shia's last name is LaBeouf. (Here's the article to prove it's not some other LeBeouf/LaBeouf.) Then,

on February 17, Winnie Tsige curiousity should have read Winnie Tsige's curiosity. Do you see the two fixes that I made? Then,

again on February 17, Nick's last name is Cannon. Then,

on February 19, there was this misspelling of SoulCalibur. Finally,

on February 24, somebody inadequately capitalized Cirque du Soleil. That's all. Click an image to enlarge it. G'night.

The importance of S

Getting run over by a porch, or a gang of porches, would be embarrassing. How slow would one's reaction time have to be to not be able to get out of the way of a porch? From "Embarrassment of riches (Kudos & Kvetches)" on The Vancouver Courier online on February 29, 2012.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hey, writer, you're being jusges

It's not a good sign when the subheadline of the article ("B.C. house party death trial finds woman not guilty" on CBC News online on March 2, 2012) includes a misspelling resulting in a nonword. In the article,

the judge is introduced as Sunny Stromberg-Stein, but

her last name is later written in two different ways. Click an image to enlarge it.

Why, Yahoo!? Why?

1. a word, phrase, or sentence formed from another by rearranging its letters: “Angel” is an anagram of “glean.”

Hey, Yahoo!, guess what? I knew right away that imaginary couldn't be an anagram of Maria Gina. It was easy, too, because there is no Y in Maria Gina. From "UVic student, Austin Knill, pranks self after ‘girlfriend’ gets tattoo of him" on Yahoo! Canada News on February 26, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

24 hours Vancouverrors - February 2012

Are you ready? Ready for all the errors I detected from 24 hours Vancouver during February 2012? Yes, you say? Alrighty then, let's begin.. From "Zen and the art of the pickup" on February 3, to should have been left out. Then,

knowing what I know about Glee, signing should have been singing in "Smash more naturalistic than Glee: Messing" on February 6. Then,

whoever wrote "Driver in fatal crash driving illegally" on 24 hours Vancouver online on February 6, forgot (I hope, rather than doesn't know) that 25 years old should not have any hyphens. Then,

personal was missing its R in "Transitions at work can be full of pitfalls" on February 20. Then,

also on February 20, there were two errors in this passage from "Getting over the challenges of working from home": sticking should have been stick, and you're should have been your. Then,

this was the top sidebar item on the 24 hours Vancouver front page on February 24. The problem: Like a cyclops, New Westminster has only one I. Strangely,

it was an error that was repeated in the article, "Local woman summoned to Hollywood for star facials", but

not in the article's photo caption. Finally, on the 24 hours Vancouver homepage on February 26, these two items were the top stories story.