If you’re writing about a graffiti artist, shouldn’t you know how to spell graffiti? Or if you don’t, shouldn’t you use a spell-checker? Not if you’re a “journalist” for Yahoo! News, where the standards of writing aren’t quite that lofty:
Writers don’t worry about statements that don’t logically follow from a preceding statement. A non sequitur is okie-dokie. Common expressions like “just last June” can be reworded, even if the result doesn’t make sense. And little words like a can be dropped; they don’t add anything to the meaning of a sentence.
A hyphen in boarded-up is purely optional, just like the indefinite article a:
I guess the word graffiti has alternate spellings (or at least alternate misspellings). Typos are OK, too. And more missing words (or is it another wrong word) just add to the readers’ sense of adventure:
When World Trade Center gets downgraded by a lowercase letter, then I know the writer doesn’t care what he’s writing about — graffiti, grafiti, or graffit, it’s all the same: