Friday, March 1, 2013

A Dirty Dozen to Start the Month


The old adage says that if March comes in like a lion (weather-wise), it will go out like a lamb. I can only hope that perhaps this saying applies to typos, too. In recent weeks I have seen more typos in more places than I had time to jot down. Here, for your reading and snarking pleasure, are a dozen goofs and gaffes I did manage to record. All of these were taken from online news sites.

1. Headline:

Plane land at Colorado Springs Airport with engine fire”

(Kind of sounds like an aviation-themed amusement park: “Planeland”)

2.  From that same article:

“… the C-5 was carrying heavy military equipment from Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio…”

(“Air Force” is two words, not one. If this writer is getting paid by the word, he or she is getting short-changed.)

3. Crime report:

A suspect was “charged with First Degree Durder in the case.”

(The ‘M’ key and the ‘D’ key aren’t even close to one another.)

4. Report about a traffic accident:

…a 1996 Brown Ford Bronco was traveling westbound…”

(Colors are not capitalized unless they are the first word of a sentence or part of a proper name, like the Cleveland Browns.)

5. and 6.  This year’s Grammy “winner’s” (yes, it was written that way and in that context) included a song with an indecent word in the title. Most outlets simply replaced the offensive word with asterisk symbols. One intrepid writer, however, apparently felt that even the symbols were offensive and wrote the title as:

“Rap song: ‘N(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s in Paris’”

7. The headline said:

“Investigation continues into deadly shooting…”

But the first sentence said:

“The investigation continues into the stabbing…”

8. Scary headline:

“Why many are frightening of ancient spot”

9. From a story involving a fire:

“…suit, ash and smoke damage…”

(“Soot” results from a fire. A “suit” is clothing you wear, or something you file in court. Did I mention that this typo appeared twice in that same article?)

10. and 11. Reality show mix-ups:

“…an aspiring singer who appeared on the televised singing contest ‘The View’…”

(That should be “The Voice.”)

“…auditioned before judges Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton, and Adam Lambert.”

(The judge on “The Voice” is Adam Levine. Adam Lambert is a singer who competed on “American Idol.”)

It’s interesting to note that the original source made appropriate corrections after a number of commenters pointed out the errors. However, another media outlet that used the content did not.

12. And finally – seen today on a national news outlet’s site:

“Maria Shriver has gone from former First Lady of California to pizza owner.”

Well, if owning a pizza is newsworthy, there ought to be millions of stories cluttering up the Internet.

It turns out that Shriver now owns a stake in a pizza chain, not just a pie or two. A little attention to detail would have made this opening line a lot clearer. How newsworthy it is remains doubtful.

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