Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Making Headlines

Every now and then, I wonder just how many people even notice the spelling snafus and grammar gaffes that I see on a daily basis. 

Occasionally I get an answer to that mostly rhetorical question.  

This morning, while skimming the online home page of a local newspaper, I stumbled upon this beauty of a story link:

"Weld Co. thief hauls off 600 feet of cooper wire"

Now, it’s not uncommon for story lead-ins and links to contain typos that don't appear in the actual story, and I really expected that to be the case in this instance.

Nope.  The bold, large-font headline said exactly the same thing:  cooper wire.

Usually I don't bother to read the comments sections of online stories.  Half the time they're written by attention-starved people who don't have anything useful to contribute; the other half are spammers hawking everything from escort services to home business opportunities (oh, wait -- those might be the same thing).  

But I had a hunch about this story's commenters, so after I finished giggling I scrolled down.

 "Yessir, that cooper wire. That's good wire."

"EDITOR... HIYER A GNU HED LIGN PRUF REEDUR"

<grin>

Interestingly, it appears that no one read the actual story -- or if they did, they simply didn't bother to comment on this less conspicuous typo in the second paragraph:

"…The theft happened Frida between 6:30 and 7:40 p.m."

That would be Friday -- you know, ending in 'y' like the rest of the days of the week.

Is anyone reviewing these things before they're posted for all the world to see and laugh at?  Anyone?

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