Wednesday, September 12, 2012

1,000 meters = 1 kilometre = 1,000 metres = 1 kilometer

The above sentence was on display on the CBC British Columbia homepage on August 22, 2012. It looks fine, right? I mean, other than the threat to residents of a nearby fire. The issue is the spelling of kilometers. CBC stands for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and in Canada the spelling of words like kilometre (and metre, and centre) is -re instead of -er. The first sentence of the article is exactly the same as the homepage, and then

later in the article ("B.C. evacuation order for Big Bar Creek residents downgraded" on CBC News online on August 22, 2012) there is an incorrect meters. Then,

out of left field to cap it off, a misspelling of what should be lightning.

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