What’s in a name? Again

If that name is on Yahoo!, then it’s sure to include a mistake.  Spelling a name correctly is about the easiest thing you can do as a writer and the easiest think you can verify as an editor or proofreader. So why does Yahoo! continue to make so many mistakes? Do you consider Yahoo! a credible source of information?

Yahoo! News misspelled Audrie Pott‘s name:

news audrie pot

and Heather Gonglik‘s:

name gonglick news

From Yahoo! Movies we get a sad attempt at Seth Rogen and Chris Evans:

name seth rogan chris evan

as well as Lana Del Rey:

name lana del ray movies

and Glen Mazzara:

name glan mazzara

The writer for Yahoo! TV’s “Daytime in No Time”  mangles Courteney Cox:

name courtney cox tv dint

From Yahoo! Shine, there’s a lame stab at Christina Aguilera:

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and Frida Kahlo:

name frieda kahlo shine

and Laetitia Casta:

name leaitia casta shine

and Simon Monjack:

name dimon monjack shine

and Eric Ducharme:

name ducharm shine

and Attila:

thatcher shine 1

and Malala Yousafzai:

name malala shine

and Susan A. Patton:

name patten 1 shine

and again with the misspelled Patton:

name patten shine 3

and Rick Salomon and Nicole Richie:

name hilton 2 shine

and once more:

name hilton 3 shine

There’s no hyphen in Ray J:

name hilton 4 shine

and no T in Nicole Richie. Again:

name it 5

(It’s Guy Ritchie, the director and former husband of Madonna’s, who spells his name with a T.)

Yahoo! omg! gives us an incorrect Nicolas Cage:

name nicholas cage omg

and a rather lackluster attempt to spell Chaz Hammelsmith, widow of Roger Ebert:

name chaz hammersmith omg

Yahoo! Music’s attempt at Phillip Sweet is not so sweet:

name philip sweet omg

And when telling us Pitbull’s alleged real name (it’s Armando Christian Perez), the writer tells us the wrong name:

name christian music

Yodel Anecdotal, Yahoo’s corporate blog — the blog that represents the company — can’t even get Lena Headey‘s name right:

name lena headley yodel

What does that tell us about this company and its commitment to quality content? Everything.

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2 Responses to “What’s in a name? Again”

  1. ZZMike Says:

    Audrie Pott: “photo provided by the family…” They probably forgot to write the name on the photo.

    Someone could make a fortune by selling Yahoo! an app that spell-checks names.

    • Laura Says:

      Nah. Yahoo! doesn’t care about spelling names — or anything else — correctly. Given the number of misspelled words that appear every day on Yahoo!, the company doesn’t even require its writers and editors to use a basic spell-checker.


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