That gives me a headache

Reading misspellings and typos like this one on the Yahoo! front page give me a headache. Or should I say heaache:

fp headresses

For the record

For the record, petit is pronounced like petty and is used mainly in law to mean lesser in seriousness. Maybe you’ve heard of petit (or petty) larceny? It doesn’t mean short and slender or small in size. That would be petite. And that’s the word the Yahoo! Style writer should have used:

petit sty

Do you trust your memory?

Do you trust your memory when you’re writing? I bet the writer for Yahoo! Makers thinks she’s got a great memory for names and movies. She probably feels like she doesn’t have to verify the spelling of Steven Spielberg’s name or check to see who directed the movie “Avatar.” (Here’s a hint: It wasn’t Steven Spielburg or even Steven Spielberg.)

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Readers might be able to forgive a single misspelling, but when you do it another time and another time, they’re likely to be a little pissed. At least that’s how I feel:

spielburg diy 2

Obviously she trusted her rather faulty memory, which seems odd to me. She’s not just the writer of this article, she’s listed as an “editor.” Isn’t part of an editor’s job to verify facts?

What is an aquifier?

What’s an aquifier? I’d guess it was something that aquifies. Or it’s a misspelling of aquifer, found on the Yahoo! front page:

fp aquifiers

Dyslexia strikes again

Looks like a case of dyslexia has hit Yahoo! Movies again, where neither the writer nor the editor can manage to spell Kirsten:

kristen dunst mov

Not big enough?

Maybe the letters were just too small for the Yahoo! Style editors to read. Maybe next time they’ll write Jesse Eisenberg’s name in REALLY BIG LETTERS so they can proofread it:

eiseneberg sty hp

It can impinge on a reader’s understanding

Misspellings, typos, and wacky words can be impingements on a reader’s understanding. And if they appear on a page like Yahoo! Sports, they can be an embarrassment:

inpingement spo hp

Study debunks spelling of breast milk

After studying a few dictionaries, I can verify that this spelling of breast milk on Yahoo! Parenting is correct:

breastmilk par

You know what would be ‘wicked smaht’?

Proofreading headlines on Yahoo! Style is a “wicked smaht” idea. That way, you’ll avoid looking like a careless incompetent who can’t spell Todd Snyder’s name:

synder sty hp

Think readers don’t notice typos?

I read this headline on Yahoo! Movies and thought it was about either Heath Ledger or a moor in Scotland:

heathy mov

Seriously, we know it’s “just” a typo, but if you think that typos and misspellings don’t matter, take a look at these comments made by Yahoo! readers:

“Seriously, ‘Heathy Dose’ as a tag line? I’ve watched the horrible editing at Yahoo for years, but this is ridiculous. The small squiggly line in your editor means it’s spelled incorrectly, you morons. I’d even understand if you’d made some Ledger-Batman reference, but you’re just horrible. Oprah needs people at The O, at least move on. Christ, get a quote right.”

“You guys misspelled your freakin title to this article. Really? Heathy? I’m assuming you meant Healthy. I mean if you want to be taken as a serious journalist then at least proof read you own article before you send it out. I’m sure they must teach that somewhere in 9th grade.”

“Jesus yahoo. You could at least spell your headlines correctly.”

“This is what happens when Yahoo hires writers who had to take remedial English. It’s just not a heathy work ethic.”

“Sorry, what’s a “heathy” dose of violence? Well done Yahoo!”

“A “Heathy” dose of violence?? Does anyone proofread the hook line??”

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