That’s news to Justice Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court justice, would probably be surprised to know that she’s been misspelling her name for years. Here’s how the folks at Yahoo! News prefer to spell it:

ginsberg news

Santa Clause robots and other errors

Oy vey! Did I really read this on what is purported to be a news site? Here’s the latest guffaw-inducing sentence from Yahoo! News:

westjet news

How does one person make so many mistakes in so few words? Can we start with WestJet? The airline uses what is called camel case: A capital letter somewhere between the first and last letters. Then there’s the whole “automated robots” lie. There were no robots, automated or not. There was a live human being dressed as Santa Claus (without an E) who showed up on a large monitor. And if an airport actually departed, I don’t know where it would go or how it would get there. The incident in question happened at departure gates, not departing airports.

This is what passes as news at Yahoo!, written by Yahoo! staffers and edited by no one (I presume).

Quote, ‘that’s not right,’ unquote

Was this sentence on Yahoo! News dictated to a typist who is totally unfamiliar with journalistic standards?

quote news

That might account for the quote followed by the quotation in quotation marks. Or maybe that was written by the journalist totally unfamiliar with journalistic standards. That could happen.

Thank heavens the children are safe

This could have been so much worse if children were involved:

childen news

From: Yahoo! News

I’d like to ask you a question

I have a question for the writer for Yahoo! News: What makes you think a child’s question is the same as an inquisition?

inquisition news

An inquisition isn’t just a question or a query; it’s an investigation. It has the connotation of a rigorous, harsh, or severe interrogation. I don’t think it’s in any way “childlike.”

In memoriam the English language

After reading this on Yahoo! News’ “Trending Now,” I think it’s time to establish a memorial Facebook page for the English language:

memoriam news

You won’t find the word memoriam in a dictionary, unless it’s preceded by in. The preposition in memoriam means “in memory of.”

Not ready for the big leagues

I don’t think that the writer for Yahoo! News’ “Odd News” is quite ready for the big leagues of journalism, especially not in sports journalism. Anyone familiar with professional baseball knows about Major League Baseball. It’s a trademark owned by Major League Baseball Properties, Inc.

mlb news

If only…

If only there were a way that a writer for Yahoo! News could verify the name of an airline. I’m thinking something like a photograph of a plane showing the name of the airline. If there was such a thing, we might not see errors like this misspelling of Malaysia Airlines:

malaysian news

Spiraling out of control

Yahoo! writers have a long and colorful history of using incorrect word. But now it seems like it’s spiraling out of control. In this headline on Yahoo! News the writer thinks it’s a spiral on top of the World Trade Center:

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It’s not. It’s a spire. Do you think that’s just a typo? A brain fart? Nah. I think the writer actually believes it’s the correct word because there’s another one in the very first sentence of the article:

spiral news 2

And even the folks on have been infected with the spiral-for-spire bug:

fp spiral

OK. Here’s the scoop for all you Yahoo! staffers out there: This is a spiral (I borrowed it from Wikipedia):

spiral wiki

And this is a spire (also from Wikipedia). It’s at the top of the WTC:

spire wiki

File this under ‘Very Odd News’

Yahoo! News’ “Odd News” is indeed odd. Extremely odd. Here’s a story about speed dating, but it looks like Steven Spielberg is going around with a triceratops:

pic spielberg

Maybe that’s just a gal wearing a dinosaur-shaped bag on her head. That’s impressive!


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