BBC makes ‘its’ error

December 20, 2010

Oops. I guess not even the all-powerful BBC is immune to errors of “its” versus “it’s”. While the former is possessive (its car), the latter is a contraction of “it is”.

PC Magazine joins words

February 22, 2010

Reporting on Apple and Microsoft, PC Magazine made a mistake in which the phrase, “It may” became “Imay.”

PC World misspells a contraction

February 19, 2010

PC World reported on a new service by Google called Buzz and misspelled “hasn’t” by leaving out the “n”.

Note: We are experimenting with quotation marks, as part of an ongoing study to examine their interaction with other punctuation marks. The quotation marks around the letter “n” above would be incorrect in American English but correct in British English. We currently believe that the British version is a better rule. There is no reason to include the period in the quotation in this instance, as it confers to additional information to the quotation and may, in fact, confuse a reader into thinking that the period is part of the omission.

Miami Herald misspells ‘phenomenon’

December 31, 2009

The Miami Herald recently reported on the blue moon occurring tonight (which I probably won’t see through our snowstorm). They misspelled the word “phenomenon.”

Vancouver Sun does not complete sentence

December 31, 2009

The Vancouver Sun, reporting on the tragic loss of a Canadian reporter who was covering the war in Afghanistan, did not complete a sentence caption that it was writing.

While this blog is nothing more than a dumb copy errors blog, we are sorry for the loss of all those whose lives have been taken in wars, including this reporter Michelle Lang and the four Canadian soldiers who died alongside her.

ABC News misspells ‘al Qaeda’

December 30, 2009

ABC News misspelled ‘al Qaeda’ in a headline today that slipped into their RSS feed and was aggregated by Google News.

LA Times misspells ‘carried’

December 26, 2009

In an article about a suicide bombing attempt, the LA Times misspelled the word ‘carrier’.