Would you trust Yahoo Finance?

If you read this on the home page of Yahoo! Finance, would you trust the accuracy of the article or would you think that the misspelling of Procter & Gamble was just a careless typo (or two)?

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Hoping that it was a fluke, I decided to read the article on Yahoo! Finance’s “Hot Stock Minute.” And I encountered the headline:

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That was followed by a misspelling of the company’s name throughout the article; in fact it was never spelled correctly.

It’s wrong here:

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and here:

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and here:

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and here:

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and here:

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and even here:

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As one reader noted in the comments section of the article:

“Dear Yahoo, send Dean back to the high school newspaper that he came from since he can’t even spell the company name correctly. It’s PROCTER & Gamble, not PROCTOR.”

If the writer is so presumptuous that he doesn’t bother to verify the company’s name (which is kind of critical to the article), what other information has he gotten wrong?

When one spelling is not enough

Why limit yourself to one spelling of a word? Just do what the writers on yahoo.com do, and spell Yezidi with an E here:

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Then try a second spelling, just to see if your readers are paying attention.

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Not quite

The always reliable, always dependable, always accurate Yahoo! front page can’t quite spell Sinjar Mountain correctly:

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Misspelling atributed to poor reading skills

To what do you attribute this misspelling on Yahoo! Health?

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I think it’s the result of careless typing, followed by the absence of a spell-checker and a failure to proofread.

Was the governor of Hawaii doing the cleanup?

Just who are the “officials” doing the cleanup in Hawaii? The governor? Mayors? School board members? And why can’t the folks who write for Yahoo! front page spell Hawaiians?

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Sinch when is that a word?

It’s a cinch to spot the misspelling on Yahoo! TV:

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I trust this act of proofreading will cinch my position as the premier spotter of errors on Yahoo!.

George Clooney engaged — to a guy?

If you believe what you read in Yahoo! Celebrity (and why would you, really), George Clooney is engaged to a man:

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Either that, or the writers at Yahoo! don’t know that a fiancé is a man and woman who is engaged is a fiancée.

It’s a zoo out there

This article on Yahoo! Travel may be about the best zoos in the United States, but it represents some of the worst travel writing on the Internet. It’s shocking the number of mistakes made by someone who is a “managing editor” and an experienced travel writer.

This is how bad it can get:

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It’s not an orange-colored, artificially flavored breakfast drink. It’s an orangutan. And the zoo calls it the Stingray Beach, with a capital B.

How did she screw this up so badly? The zoo is the Saint Louis Zoo and it’s in St. Louis, Missouri. Don’t go on a Saturday or Sunday expecting to see a concert. Although the writer claims concerts occur every weekend, they really occur only on Fridays and only between May 23 and August 29. Then there’s the case of the subject (admission) and its verb (which the writer thinks should be are):

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The problem is, if she used the correct verb (is), then she’s got a really awkward sentence. That’s because she misplaced both. It belongs before “the zoo and the concert”: … admission to both the zoo and the concert is free.

I was expecting that if I went to this zoo, I’d be able to do more than just see the wolf cubs. Maybe I could bottle-feed them. Or dress them in coats and ties.

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Again, the writer misplaced a modifier; this time it’s just. It should be: You won’t see just three cuddly wolf cubs; you’ll also see, etc., etc. etc.

How does a travel writer writing about zoos get another zoo’s name wrong? It’s Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (it’s not Zoos and it’s not Botanical):

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OK, so maybe someone will explain to me how this project will create a new grizzly bear:

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Would you trust the information in this article?

Do you check your text after it’s published?

Are you a blogger? If so, do you check what you’ve written after it’s been posted? You should because you don’t want to commit the same mistakes that the people at Yahoo! News did:

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If they’d looked at this after it was published, they might have noticed the different spellings of the same word and the HTML code for an apostrophe. Oops.

Misspelling a misspelling

In an article about an upcoming film with an unusually spelled title, the writer for Yahoo! Movies tries to list other movies with misspelled titles. It’s really a pathetic attempt since she misspells one-third of the titles:

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The correct spellings are:

Pet Sematary

Boyz n the Hood

Inglourious Basterds

If the writer can’t even spell the title of a movie correctly, I have to wonder what else she is getting wrong.


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