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??”

Did you draw a blank?

Did the writer for Yahoo! Makers draw a blank when trying to write about that thing in a bureau that slides in and out and that is used for storage?

draw diy

It’s called a drawer. If you’re from Boston, like me, you may pronounce it draw, but you spell it with that -ER at the end. But that’s the least of this writer’s problems. She just doesn’t know how to form the plural of a noun, insisting on including an apostrophe:

draw kitchens apost diy

She makes a common, everyday mistake with this spelling:

draw everyday

It wouldn’t surprise me if she spelled it that way every day, ’cause here it is again:

draw everyday 2

If the first one is a typo, then the second one is a misspelling. But I’ll concede that this is a typo that even a spell-checker wouldn’t spot (but a competent editor would):

draw if

Here’s a creative spelling of bathroom and a mysterious sparklingly where sparkling would do:

draw bath room

How many more mistakes can one writer make in one article? At least one more, although this may constitute two:

draw like was

I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean. I wish Yahoo had writers who could write and editors who could edit; it makes life way easier for readers.

Mike Jagger? Really?

I was willing to overlook the almond-shaped eyed in this article on Yahoo! Style, until I came across a reference to Mike Jagger. Then I knew I was in for more embarrassing mistakes from this writer. I was not wrong:

mike jagger sty

Someone who writes about fashion for a living (or even for a hobby) should know how to spell Nicolas Ghesquiere’s name, no?

I think this writer is stretching his vocabulary to its elastic limit with the use of louche. I have no idea what he thinks it means. But it’s insulting to apply it to a person, and impossible to apply it to someone’s “looks.” It means indecent, disreputable, or sordid.

No one noticed?

It’s one of the most blatant typos in one of the biggest fonts on one of the busiest pages on the Internet. And nobody working on noticed it:

fp deisgner

July 4th fireworks

If you live in the United States, you’ve heard of July 4th and the tradition of exploding fireworks. But if you write headlines for Yahoo! Makers you might be a little confused between the difference between firework (which is device that is exploded) and fireworks, the actual display of the explosive devices. And you might not know how to spell July:

julty diy

That’s two mistakes that are simply made by careless writers or editors.

A really big attack

A July 4th terror attack is so big it deserves an additional letter on the Yahoo! front page:

fp atttack

Feets, don’t fail me now

There are some writing feats I thought I’d never see, but I was wrong. I never, ever anticipated seeing feets in a professionally written article:

feets sty

I guess that’s a plural of a plural, like one foot, two feet, three feets?

But wait, there’s more. There’s the mysterious change in font size and a plattering, which I take to be a mash-up of platter and flattering. That makes sense, doesn’t it?

Welcome. Now go away

The home page of a website is like a Welcome mat, but at Yahoo! Makers it’s more like a Go Away mat. You’ll look, see a mistake or two or three or four, and just want to click somewhere else.

I don’t know why anyone would hang around this site after reading this. This is absolutely not absolutely:

absolutley diy

This headline is missing the hyphens that would make it a 20-year-old:

20 year old diy

If I were reading a site created in the UK, this wouldn’t be a problem. But this is definitely not the preferred spelling in my neighborhood:

neighbourhoods diy

Didn’t we all read something by Ernest Hemingway when we were in high school? And didn’t we all learn to spell his name?

hemmingway diy

Maybe the writer didn’t attend high school in the U.S. Or anywhere.

Kourtney Kardashian: Pregnant and dating

Who was the dude that Kourtney Kardashian was dating while pregnant? Inquiring minds want to know. Inquiring minds also want to know how this slipped by the eagle-eyed editors at Yahoo! Style:

dude date 2

Lightening Lightning

The hockey team Tampa Bay Lightning got a little lighter at the keyboard of a Yahoo! Sports writer:

lighting spo


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