Friday, April 29, 2011

Comedy of Errors

To kick off your weekend, here are just a few of the error-riddled tidbits I’ve saved to my notes file over the past few weeks.

Grammar check, please.

From an online story about Kirstie Alley’s troubles on the dance floor a few weeks ago:

“After last week's tumble, her and Maks were hoping for an error-free dance, but things didn't go as planned.”

Seriously bad grammar there…and no respect for the proper usage of pronouns.

Fact checker to Aisle 9.

Remember my earlier post about the emotional eBayer? This gem about the amount of shipping materials one seller has sold came from the same online story:

“…estimate that they have sold about 2,838 square feet of bubble wrap -- enough to cover the distance between Maine and California.”

Now, either the tectonic plate shifts are getting really extreme, or someone neglected to insert the rest of the numeric value. 2,838 square feet of bubble wrap wouldn't even cover the road out of town, much less entire states.

Beware of baseball bats…

…because apparently they can be quite vicious. Here’s a headline I found yesterday on a local news station website:

“Colorado Springs Teen Attacked By Baseball Bat”

So the baseball bat just leapt up all by itself and attacked this poor kid… Is it just me, or do you suppose there might have been another human involved in the wielding of said bat?

Mission: Unreadable

And finally, another one from the fire file. A local reporter’s description of a massive fire in yet another online story:

“…Firefighters could not enter the large home because it was fully consumed by fire, from the basement to the roof. They’re mission instead; keep the fire from turning into a wildland blaze.”

It’s “their,” not “they’re” (which is a contraction of “they are”). Then there’s that semicolon that should be a full-blown colon…

But wait – there’s more! Check out this comment from David_COS, who apparently was responding to a typo in an earlier version of the story:

"The resulting smoke plum was easily visible..."

It was a smoke PLUME when I saw it... :-)

The plum had been made into a proper plume by the time I saw the story.

Happy Friday, everyone! 

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