Saturday, March 1, 2014

Yahoooooooo! February 2014

It's the start of March 2014! Which means looking back at February 2014! Let's take a gander at the errors that were detected on the Yahoo! Canada homepage last month. On February 2 there was an apostrophe in stars that shouldn't have been there. Plus, in the same-item teaser below the larger version (second from left), appearance was misspelled. Then,

well, then I was debating if the previous post on this blog was also the final one. I'd look at that first image above and think, 'Do I post it all alone and that's it? Or do I delete it and no more posts? Or do I keep this train a-rolling?' The days slowly crept by, and then February 25 happened. I signed out of my Yahoo! email and saw the image above. But their could be? Really? Okay, I'll capture that one and do at least one more post. Then,

February 25 wasn't done with me yet. At the same time as the their/there error, Yahoo! was displaying this. Get rid of or and you have somethere here, Yahoo! - or, rather, you have something hear. Then,

February 25 still wasn't done with me. Displayed at the same time as the previous two images was this misspelling of surprisingly. Then,

another one from February 25, at the same time as the previous three! Why didn't anyone didn't anyone notice the repeated he has he has? Was Daniel Radcliffe too much of a distraction for the writer (and proofreader, if applicable)? Then,

you won't believe it. Maybe you will. It's a fifth image in the "simultaneously on February 25, 2014" series. How he's trains for the Games. Sure. Whatever you say. Uh huh. Then,

from February 28, it's an it's that should have been its. Semi-related, this error makes me want to go visit the monkeys at Batu Caves and the spiders at Penang Hill. And finally (in more ways than one?),

later on February 28 I signed out of my Yahoo! email and this was the top story that greeted me. Either his or a should have been jettisoned - can't have both! Click an image to enlarge it.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

CBC British Columbia homepagerrors - January 2014

During January 2014 I detected a few errors on the CBC British Columbia homepage. Here they are. First, on the second, there shouldn't have been anything added to Vancouver. Then,

on the seventh there was something missing from what should have been breakthrough. Then,

on the twentieth there was a missing space between 31 and grey, and is should have been it. Then,

on the twenty-eighth, mortgages was missing its first G. Then,

when I clicked to the article - "Mixer mortages make Vancouver home ownership possible" on CBC News online on January 28, 2014 - the error was also present in the headline. Click an image to enlarge it.

The one and only

This was the main item on the Vancouver Canucks homepage on February 5, 2014, and the the in front of Ryan Kesler shouldn't have been there. Click the image to enlarge it.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

His writing career should be in Jeopardy!

The writer of this article - "Mayor Rob Ford’s crack scandal featured on Jeopardy" (where's the ! at the end of Jeopardy!?) on Yahoo! Canada News on January 24, 2014 - didn't do his homework to find out the true value of the clue. I don't know the true value either, but I know it wasn't $80 because the minimum value for the first round is $200 and the minimum value for the second round is $400. Then,

the article also included this tweet from a Toronto City Councillor. $500? Also wrong. In the first round the clues in each category are worth $200, $400, $600, $800, and $1,000. In the second round the clues are worth $400, $800, $1,200, $1,600, and $2,000. And what's up with the apostrophe between Toronto and the question mark? In related news,

the final sentence of a different article about Rob Ford - "Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives in Vancouver" on CBC News online on January 31, 2014 - contains a misspelling of what should be continued. Click an image to enlarge it.

Take $10 dollars out of the ATM machine by using your PIN number

This was screen captured on Indigo.ca on January 12, 2014. There is no need for both the dollar sign ($) and the word dollars. Click the image to enlarge it.

PTP: Proofread this please

There's an extra word - or missing words - near the start of this paragraph in "That's no yoke" in 24 hours Vancouver on January 14, 2014. It'd be great if has-been was supposed to hyphenated and the missing word was the and it was supposed to go between of and has-been. Amirite? Click the image to enlarge it.

Commas and ans

In "Deadly highway claims 8 lives in 11 days" on CBC News online on January 9, 2014, there was a misplaced comma in the article's third paragraph. The comma after killed should be moved to immediately after six. Also, note the an that immediately precedes SUV. Then,

later in the article there were three error-riddled paragraphs (three perrorgraphs?) in a row. In the first one, the second stuck should be struck. In the second one, where should be were. In the third one, remember how it was an SUV earlier in the article? Well, now it's a SUV, which is wrong. Also, there's no period at the end of that sentence. Click an image to enlarge it.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Yahooooooooooooooooooooo! January 2014

It's the start of a new month! Which also means it's time for a blog post featuring all the errors that were detected on the Yahoo! Canada homepage during January 2014. Firstly, on January 1, Yahoo! kicked off the new year with a bang (a.k.a. an error) as what should have been evacuate was featured on both the homepage and the article's headline, where the error is still present. Then,

on January 5 there was this misspelling of Prairie. Then,

also on January 5, there was this misspelling of restrictions. Then,

also on January 5, there was an extra word in this blurb. Then,

on January 6 there was this American spelling of rumors, which I would have ignored but

at the exact same time, the homepage was also displaying this Canadian spelling of what's now rumours. Then,

also on January 6, the word of should have been between re-emergence and the. Then,

also on January 6, dos and don'ts doesn't accept extra apostrophes. Then,

on January 9 there was a doubling up of of. The homepage could've used the extra of a few days earlier. Then,

also on January 9, there was this obvious misspelling of McDonald's. As a bonus, in the bottom right corner is a misspelling of what should have been disaster. Then,

on January 11 there was a then that should have been than. Then,

also on January 11, Courteney Cox had her name misspelled. Clicking to the article,

readers could see that her name is also misspelled in the headline. Yet in the article itself her first name includes the missing E. The headline is still wrong. See it here: "Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry reunite on ‘Cougar Town’" on Yahoo! Canada omg on January 10, 2013. Then,

also on January 11, is Yahoo! asking us to wash the highlight? What does that mean? Me confused. Then,

again on January 11, Hilary Duff had an L added to her name. Then,

on January 12 a Yahoo! writer shows that their strengths don't include spelling or proofreading. Then,

on January 14 Courteney Cox had her first name misspelled again! As well, mistakened? Really? Next time how 'bout ya give mistook a try. And the first-name error wasn't just repeated once,

because it was simultaneously featured elsewhere on the homepage! Both links led to the same story,

in which her name is correct (hurray!) but in the video embedded in the article it's clear that Cox mentiones Jennifer Aniston - not Lisa Kudrow. (The article has been taken down. I searched for the headline "Courteney Cox's Embarrassing Celeb Encounter" and it gave me many results, but none of the links I tried took me to the correct article - there would be either an error message or entirely different content.) And finally,

on January 29, Yahoo! struggled mightily in its attempts to spell words correctly. First with the word struggling - at the top it's missing its L and at the bottom right it's missing its R. And then the struggle continues with the word tragedy, in the caption that's second from the left. That's all for this month - have a great February everyone! Click an image to enlarge it.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Was this written during a brain freeze?

This is the headline and, more importantly, the subheadline for "Missing man Adam Moore sought in northwestern B.C." on CBC News online on January 3, 2014. Please note both Dec. 19 and 7-11. Then,

this is the article's third sentence/paragraph. Your assignment: compare and contrast the date and the store name, in regards to what is in the subheadline. Papers should be between 8,000-10,000 words and are due first thing tomorrow morning. Click an image to enlarge it.

[The subheadline has now been updated to match the information in the third sentence. Oh, CBC - you and your subheadline shenanigans.]

The cost of inaccuracies

The subheadline for "BC Ferries hiking fares 3.5% to cover rising fuel costs" on CBC News online on January 2, 2014, states that the cost to BC Ferries for every 1 cent per litre increase in the price of fuel is "$12M per year", but

the article's third sentence claims the cost is $1.2M. I don't know which figure is correct and both figures remain the same. Click an image to enlarge it.

Monday, January 6, 2014

CBC British Columbia homepagerrors - December 2013

There were only a couple of errors detected on the CBC British Columbia homepage during December 2013. The first one was seen on December 9: that question mark should have been after the closing quotation mark. Then,

on December 21 there was a misspelling of what should have been marijuana. It's wrong in the headline but correct in the article description. Then,

the actual headline itself unsurprisingly has the same error (from "Medical marijuna users concerned over prices as Canada's market expands" on CBC News online on December 21, 2013). Then,

in the article, posses should be possess - unless I'm misreading this and the writer is actually writing about selling medicinal marijuana to various groups of people. Then,

later in the article, somebody apparently said says something. Click an image to enlarge it.