Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Get the editor onn the phone!

Paul McCartney was in town on Sunday, and by all reports it was a fantastic show. Not so fantastic is the of/off error in this photo caption for an article ("Paul McCartney's setlist promises the Beatles' best in Vancouver" on The Georgia Straight online on November 25, 2012) that was posted just after noon on the day of the show. Then,

in another article ("Paul McCartney fans are not going berserk like they did before the 1964 concert in Vancouver" on The Georgia Straight online on November 25, 2012) posted right before the show, the error was repeated. What makes it worse is that it wasn't a copy-and-paste job, because the stage was changed to our stage. Click an image to enlarge it.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Withdraw $20 dollars from the ATM machine using your PIN number

The dollar sign ($) in front of the 10 means that the word dollars is redundant. This is the opening paragraph of "Pregnant Hotel Manager Forced to Give Birth in Guest Room, Suit Alleges" on Yahoo! Canada Shine on November 15, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Who write's this stuff?

That apostrophe doesn't belong. From "Carol Berner impaired driving death conviction stands" on CBC News online on November 20, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

It's its

I got an email from City Chase on November 9, 2012, and this it's/its error is featured prominently in it. Also, the error featured in an earlier City Chase post is present again. Click the image to enlarge it.

Friday, November 23, 2012

This doesn't look fine

From "Metro Vancouver eyes tougher laws for aggressive dogs" on CBC News online on November 7, 2012. Click the image to enlarge it.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wear or where? Meh, I don't car

Here's the headline of an article ("Sidewalk-driving woman ordered to wear ‘idiot’ sign as punishment" on Yahoo! Canada News on November 6, 2012), which states that a woman was ordered to wear an "idiot" sign. Wear the sign. Wear it. Wear. Got it? Good. Then,

in the article's second sentence, it changes. Now the woman was ordered to hold the sign. Hold it. Then,

there was a careless misspelling of cares. Then,

apparently there once was a case of someone having to where a sign. Not hold a sign. Not wear a sign. They had to where a sign. Where. Click an image to enlarge it.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bigfoot and botch job

Why can't this writer simply copy and paste? I say simply because, well, it's a really frickin' simple task. The link to the source article takes readers to a magical place where there isn't a misspelling of straight and all closing quotation marks are included. From "Hikers run when ‘bear’ they are filming looks like Bigfoot" on Yahoo! Canada News on November 5, 2012.

Online isn't permenant

One benefit of online articles is that errors can be fixed. Therefore, I wonder how quickly readers will see the proper spelling of permanently, the addition of the word custody between RCMP and in, and the addition of a comma immediately following B.C. Three errors in one short photo caption, including a nonword. From "Investigation urged after man disabled in RCMP custody" on CBC News online on November 2, 2012.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Errors in Prank Night

In July I listed the errors I detected in a book titled The Peep Diaries. Now, here are the errors I found in a book titled Prank Night. While I didn't detect as many errors as I did in The Peep Diaries, I still detected a lot.

P. 10: Despite himself, Johnny said, "Comic's aren't stupid, Dad."

P. 15: Once day, Mabel or no, he was going to take that damned box and burn it to ashes.

P. 16: His father's hadn't always been so mean to him.

P. 16: "You just be ready to call Chief Sinclair in case it gets me."
P. 34: Travis Sinclair chuckled and enfolded Ben in a great bear hug of an embrace.
P. 42: Chief of Police Travis Sinclar watched with regret as the green van left the cemetery.
P. 45: "I want to thank you for attending, Chief Sinclair. ..."

P. 133: Paxton tried to pry himself lose but the bigger man had a grasp of steel.

P. 141: ... a fact he had known all to well in high school.

P. 158: Jimmy yawned and stepped to the window in his bear feet, the cool floorboards making him break out in goose bumps.

P. 163: He rolled down the window so he could breath in the crisp morning air ...

P. 184: "I'd also like the special and three glazed donuts for desert."

P. 193: None of his few freinds did, nor any of his customers.

P. 228: "You're tongue is sharper than my knife, lady."

P. 253: A measely bear ...

P. 257: Ben choose his next words carefully in order not to come across as a raving lunatic.

P. 310: Who would ever have thought that he would live to encounter a living spawn striaght from hell.

P. 311: Buy if that was the case, it meant the Bible was completely true.

P. 333: He shook his his head, saying, "I didn't hear anything, son."

Man, check your work.

It's Naramata. From "Killed mountain biker identified" in Metronews Vancouver on October 23, 2012.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Yahoooo! October 2012

October 2012 was a light month for errors I detected on the Yahoo! Canada homepage. First, on October 1, apologizes was missing its Z. Then,

on October 9, Ben Affleck surely knocked off the side mirror and not the rear-view mirror which is found inside cars. Then,

on October 10, Hall of Fame should not have hyphens. But even worse, the writer shouldn't have written that Bill Parcells is a Hall of Fame coach. Why not? Because he isn't. Then,

on October 27, student should have been students. That's it. Click an image to enlarge it.