Prosecution not quite aggressive in Pistorius trial

The writers for yahoo.com could be a bit more aggressive in their pursuit of an error-free site.

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OK, OK. We don’t know if they care about the errors on Yahoo! and if they are actually pursuing eliminating them. But really, couldn’t someone have noticed this before it was published?

It can accommodate one more

It’s surprising (at least to me) to see this word misspelled on Yahoo! Movies:

accomodate movies

It’s on everyone’s list of the most commonly misspelled words, so I thought a professional writer — especially one who doesn’t deign to use a spell-checker — would be familiar with that list and would take extra care when pounding out one of those words. But noooo. The writer just doesn’t know (or care) that accommodate can accommodate two M’s.

That explains a lot

If you’ve wondered how the many egregious mistakes made by Yahoo!’s writers can go uncorrected, consider these excerpts from an article written by Yahoo! Shine’s senior fashion and beauty editor.

You’d expect that a senior fashion and beauty editor could spell the name of designer Monique Lhuillier, wouldn’t you? But she gets it wrong here

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and here:

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Designer Galia Lahav doesn’t fare much better:

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Finally (although I can’t say for certain that this is the last error in the article), there’s this embarrassing homophonic error:

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A palate is the roof of a mouth; a palette is the board artists use to hold and mix paints, or a range of colors.

If a senior editor is a careless writer who can’t be bothered to proofread and confuses common homophones, is it any wonder that writing on Yahoo! is so amateurish?

Is it contagious?

Just a few days ago, someone at Yahoo! thought you could spell manager with only one A. So, is it surprising that another misspelled manager showed up on yahoo.com?

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Are typos now contagious?

And then I stopped reading. Again

When a writer can’t be bothered to spell-check an article and makes this many mistakes in the first paragraph, I stop reading. Not surprisingly, the article was on Yahoo! Shine:

sequal shine

The director is Chris McKay and the misspelled words are sequel and addressed.

‘Captain America: The Winter More Solid’

So, there’s a new Captain America film and it’s about a winter more solid, according to Yahoo! Movies:

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Ha-ha. I kid. I am a kidder. We all know that the word is supposed to be soldier. At least I think we all know that. I’m just not sure about the writer, since solider is repeated in the very first sentence of the very first paragraph:

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Thanks a milion!

Thanks a million to Yahoo! News for providing proof that everyone needs to proofread:

milion movies

When a spell-checker isn’t enough

I’m constantly bitching about the misspellings on Yahoo!. I don’t understand why writers don’t use a spell-checker to catch misspellings like immitations and annoucement. Sometimes, however, (actually, I say always) you need a real human bean spell-checker. Someone who could read this on Yahoo! Finance and know that it’s wrong:

as simple impossible finance

Let me make this as simple as possible: No spell-checker would flag that as incorrect.

Only a live proofreader or editor would spot this error — unless, of course, they work for Yahoo! Shine:

kicked our of shine

There’s no spell-checker that would notice that this isn’t the right word on Yahoo! News:

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Imitations of a writer

Every once in a while I get comments from Yahoo! staffers who are unhappy with Terribly Write because it highlights their many mistakes. I’m not sympathetic and here’s why: About half the errors on TW are misspellings. And what could be easier for a writer than finding and correcting a misspelling? Since it appears that few Yahoo!ers care about using that simple, readily available tool, they’ll continue to look like careless, lazy (or worse) writers to their readers. I’m thinking of you, Yahoo! Movies writer:

immitations movies

Are you the old-fashion type?

Are you like me? I’m kinda the old-fashioned type when it comes to language, and especially when it comes to writing. And especially when the writing is being done by people who are paid to do it and whose words are read by potentially millions of people. So, this adjective on Yahoo! Movies irks me:

old-fashion movies

Call me old-fashioned, if you want. Just don’t call me old-fashion.

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