Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It's Nickelback, 'kay?

I received this email - featuring a misspelling of Nickelback - from The MSN Entertainment Team on April 13, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

The one with the N is correct

According to this article ("Canucks’ Bieksa does interview as Ryan Kesler, claims America ‘is where the real hockey fans are’" on Yahoo! Sports on April 21, 2012), a Fox Sports personality was unable to recognize that Kevin Bieksa is not Ryan Kesler, for a full 10-15 minute interview. Bieksa never let on during the interview. It's great. What's not great is the writer of the article introducing the interviewer to readers, and then in the very next sentence misspelling the interviewer's name. Click the image to enlarge it.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Will Yahoo! address this ongoing incompetence?

While the previous post featured two errors in one subheadline, this one features one error in one headline. Which is worse? From "Jaleel White adresses ‘Dancing With the Stars’ controversy" on Yahoo! Canada OMG! on April 10, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Who's editing you at work?

It's not often one sees an error in a subheadline. Rarer still is seeing two errors in one subheadline. Here, the word be should be between could and watching, and the first you should be your. From "Who's spying on you on Facebook?" on Yahoo! Canada Finance on April 10, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Cheap CBC continues cutting costs

Cutting costs by eliminating words: is is missing from between line and key. From "Discount airline Allegiant adds carry-on baggage fee" on CBC News online on April 4, 2012.

This writer will?

It should actually be laid off in "Camosun College to axe jobs, raise fees" on CBC News online on April 4, 2012.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Yahooooooooooooooo! March 2012

It's time, yet again, for a monthly roundup of errors found on the Yahoo! Canada homepage. The errors found in this post were all detected during March 2012. First, Rory McIlroy had his last name misspelled twice on March 5. Then,

also on March 5, it's design should have been its design. Then,

I wonder what what the writer was thinking when a repeated word appeared on March 6. Then,

on March 7, Enrique Iglesias was missing his A, eh. Then,

also on March 7, there was one A too many - the middle one should have been absent. Then,

on March 12 your should have been you're. Then,

Guinness was short an N on March 15. Then,

also on March 15, leprechauns was short a U. Then,

on March 17 Springsteen was short a G. Then,

on March 23, the top two lines were okay, but then disaster struck. Schools was missing its C, but after that fix there was disagreement with schools lifts. Clicking the link took me to this article about one school's pink-hair ban (note the hyphen), so the third line should have been written as, School lifts pink-hair ban. Then,

also on March 23, the newly elected NDP leader's first name is Thomas, but is his last name Mulcair or

Muclair? Getting a name correct is easy Yahoo!, and when you fail to do even that, suspicions are raised about what else is wrong on your site. Then,

on March 24 the is should not have been there. Plus, BlackBerry is undercapitalized. Then,

also on March 24, effects should have been affects. Finally,

on March 29 Yahoo! gave readers a double-decker error extravaganza. First, seperate should have been separate. Second, Switzerland was missing its T (here's the article in case you believe that it should be Swizerland). The end. Click an image to enlarge it.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Don't drink and write

Alison's last name is Beames. Got it. But then,

later in the article ("Manslaughter of mother nets Kelowna man 6.5 years" on CBC News online on April 2, 2012), Alison's last name is Beams. So the writer wasn't drinking, but dropping E instead. Then,

the word body is missing from between woman's and was, and there shouldn't be a comma after Cameron. Click an image to enlarge it.

CBC British Columbia homepagerrors - March 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready? Ready for a collection of the errors I found on the CBC British Columbia homepage during March 2012? Yes, you say? Okay, let's begin. First up, from March 16, teacher got repeated. Then,

on March 20 there was a misspelled heavy and a misspelled Hope. Then,

after clicking to that last teaser's article ("Snow closes section of B.C.'s Coquihalla Highway" on CBC News online on March 20, 2012), I found a first sentence in which heavy and Hope were correct, but Merritt - which was fine on the homepage - was missing a T. Then,

on March 26 the homepage's top story included incorrect wording: has the quit party should have been has quit the party. Then,

on March 27 I was confused by what was meant by in British C.C. at the end of the sentence. But,

after clicking to the article ("RCMP face sexual harassment class-action suit" on CBC News online on March 27, 2012), it was made clear. Though I don't understand how British C.C. got past the eyes of anybody. Then,

on March 30, lead should have been led. Then,

when I clicked to that article ("RCMP regret dropped child sex abuse charges" on CBC News online on March 30, 2012), I see that the first sentence is almost identical to the homepage, except led is now correct! However, Turpel-Lafond is introduced to readers in the article's second sentence, and then has an E added to the end of her name in the very next sentence. Click an image to enlarge it.

Here two C, there no C

I see an extra C in what should be across. From "Gateway hearing cancelled after protesters greet panel" on CBC News online on April 2, 2012. Then,

the first period above should look a little different. It should look like a comma. In fact, it should be a comma. Then,

oh, I now see where across got its extra C from. C'mon, dude, give it back to schedule. Click an image to enlarge it.

I'm laughing at it's

A quick fix for the above nonsense (from "Laughter: The best medicine, but also an illness?" in 24 hours Vancouver on March 29, 2012) would be to remove have. Then,

the next day there was a full-page Vancouver Career College advertisement in 24 hours Vancouver. It seems to me that if you graduate from Vancouver Career College, there's a chance you won't be able to distinguish between it's and its. Also, it was a full-page ad for the college and there was no contact info at all. No website. No phone number. Nothing.

Have the proofreader's or editor's seen this?!

There shouldn't be an apostrophe in producers, and the apostrophe is misplaced in Dragons' Den. From "Ottawa Senators prospect Darren Kramer spreads word of peanut butter solution" on Yahoo! Canada Sports on March 28, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.