James Franco in in ‘Milk’

There’s an extra word in in this photo caption from Yahoo! Movies:

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How to look smart (avoid “stupid” typos)

Does anyone at Yahoo! Shine actually read what they’ve written?

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Thank you for letting us know that clothes can “make one look plump just by putting then [sic] on.” I thought they made me look fat just by hanging in my closet. Oh, dopey me.

Jason Voorhees: Do not piss him off

I do not think the writer of this caption on Yahoo! Movies wants to anger the lead character in “Friday the 13th” by misspelling his name:

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Mr. Voorhees likes his vowels doubled, but I don’t think he cares about the incorrect use of a hyphen following an adverb ending in LY.

No fair? No, fare

The writer of this excerpt from Yahoo! TV would have fared better using the correct word:

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OMG! How many mistakes can one person make?

Although the writer of this Yahoo! omg! article can’t forget some horrible ensemble, he/she apparently can forget an apostrophe in a contraction:

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But when an apostrophe does show up, it’s in the wrong place. And then again, it’s missing in another contraction:

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I wonder what made the writer think this declarative sentence was a question:

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Now here’s what could charitably be called a typo:

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How many errors can one writer make? In this case, five.

Aspiring writers face the ultimate challenge

The challenge: What is the plural of chef? If you write for Yahoo! TV, you might think it involves an apostrophe:

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I can see the writer now: Is it chefs? Cheves? What the heck! I’ll just add an apostrophe and S and be done with it!

Fake headlines: Another way confuse you

Just kidding. It’s not a fake headline. This is a real headline from Yahoo! Finance:

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Way to anger an editor

One way to anger not only your readers but also your editor is to make a homophonous error like this one on Yahoo! Shine:

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That was just way too easy to spot.

Oftentimes a hyphen goes missing

Oftentimes on the Web a character appears out of nowhere, dividing a perfectly fine word into two meaningless words. And it happens often on Yahoo! Shine:

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And then, like magic, hyphens disappear from compound adjectives (like once-cute and 30-second).

Mysteriously in the same article, a capital letter in a title goes missing and worse, the apostrophe in the possessive boyfriend’s goes astray:

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It’s all a great mystery. How do alleged professional writers add, subtract, and alter characters with such impunity?

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