Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dancle in the wind

At the start of the don't section of this article ("The Health Dos and Don'ts of Halloween Costumes" on Yahoo! Canada Shine on October 25, 2013), if you can get past the disagreement of the singular a paired with the plural jack-o-lanterns - get rid of the a, eh! - then you'll be treated to the wonder that is dancles. Dancles! DANCLES! I love dancles so much. Then,

this is the final item in the don't list. It should be in the do list, right? But let's not forget: DANCLES! Click an image to enlarge it.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Your true colours

Team Canada's new hockey and sledge hockey jerseys for the 2014 Sochi Olympics have been officially unveiled and this is how one writer (of "What do you think of Team Canada’s new jerseys?" on Yahoo! Canada News on October 8, 2013) described them. The thing is,

it looks to me like the white jersey has a white maple leaf and the red jersey has a red maple leaf. How do you see it? Click an image to enlarge it.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

CBC British Columbia homepagerrors - August & September 2013

It's time for a recap of the errors seen on the CBC BC homepage, and you're in luck! What you have in front of you is two months worth of errors wrapped up in one delicious post (but please don't try to eat your computer). First, on August 11 it was reported that there was a crash involving a cruise ship full of police officers. The huge news is that there's a cruise that visits Prince George (not the royal baby), because that's a remarkable feat when you consider how far that city is from the ocean. Then,

on August 22 there was the redundant use of both a dollar sign and the word dollars. Then,

that homepage sentence is still alive and well as the article's first sentence. ("'I can't believe my eyes' says Burnaby lottery winner" on CBC News online on August 22, 2013.)  Three short paragraphs later, there's a number that should be numbers and there's a number that shouldn't have had the word million after it. Then,

on August 30 there was a my that should have been by and a missing storm that should have been between lightning and last. Then,

on September 3 there should have been a been between have and working, and there shouldn't have been a space between games and the comma that followed it. Then,

on September 9 the word sex was missing from between non-consensual and with. Then,

on September 14 targetting (yet another nonword on a homepage) should have been targeting. Then,

on September 23 there was another nonword. Crikey. Cricitism should have been criticism. Then,

after clicking to the article ("Nanaimo newspaper letter draws First Nation's cricitism" on CBC News online on September 23, 2013), I saw that the headline was exactly the same. That obnoxious headline deserves all the criticism (C-R-I-T-I-C-I-S-M) everyone can muster. Nonwords on homepages, nonwords in headlines - nobody behind the scenes who cares? As you can see in the image, below the headline, the article was updated at least once after posting, yet the glaring error remained. Finally,

on September 26 there was a repeated the between to and governments. Click an image to enlarge it.

Yahooooo! September 2013

It's the start of a new month which obviously means it's time to look back at the previous month - September 2013 - and recap the errors that the Yahoo! Canada homepage displayed to its readers. These might not be all of the errors, but they are the ones that I saw. First, on September 3 there was a her twofer. Then,

on September 7 there were hyphens in what should have been 36 years old. Then,

on September 22 this would have worked much better without the the before most. Then,

on September 23 there was a misspelling of relationship. With online dictionaries and spell checkers so easily accessible, there is no reason for nonwords to still get displayed online. On a homepage, too. Sheesh. Finally,

also on September 23, that apostrophe on the end of actress should not have been there. That's all for this month last month. Click an image to enlarge it.

♫ Why don't you know Friends, why don't you know Friends ♫

The writer of this article ("I Cheated on My Boyfriend and Don’t Regret It" on Yahoo! Canada Shine on September 26, 2013) is making a pop culture reference in which Ross Geller (a fictional character) and Jennifer Aniston (a real actor) take a break. That's cool. Click the image to enlarge it.