Ridiculous Typos & Piss-Poor Proof-Reading

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I don't know if anyone else is up for this, but so much stuff in what used to be reasonable quality media these days seems to be not proofread, badly or mis spellchecked or not even that.

We had a really bad gat attack in Leeds last week.

Leeds: Tattoo clue to gat attack

I think we need a zero tolerance policy on attacking gats.
 

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I agree the standards of proof-reading have dropped. So this thread is really shooting fish in a barrel. I often have to correct stuff I've copied and pasted in order to avoid distracting comments - which is rather sad. :(
 

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"Gat attack" made me think of some sort of Prohibition Era gangster thing.

The second one looks even more like spell check gone wrong.
 

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fave gripe atm is with book publishers who release books which have been spell-checked but not sense checked..

(my typing is full of typos - I can spell but by the time it gets to my fingers things go wrong it seems.)
 

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I agree the standards of proof-reading have dropped. So this thread is really shooting fish in a barrel.
We can still have a laugh at the particularly good ones.
 

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I was checking a report regarding a man who caused an accident when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car. By way of explanation, part of the report read. Accused said 'I'm sorry I fell asleep because I had just finished a very long shit at work'.

I suppose crimping one off may be tiring but I suggested proof reading was more likely the issue.
 

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Ginando said:
I was checking a report regarding a man who caused an accident when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car. By way of explanation, part of the report read. Accused said 'I'm sorry I fell asleep because I had just finished a very long shit at work'.

I suppose crimping one off may be tiring but I suggested proof reading was more likely the issue.
Thank you for that laugh. :lol:
 

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I've seen those excess hyphens before in different places, and I think it may be an artifact of the word processing program that was originally used to write the article.
The writer may have turned on hyphenation to fit text into a narrow column size.
Then, when the text was transferred to the web page, the soft hyphens turned into hard hyphens...
 

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I have a strange talent for proofreading!

Does anyone know how I could possibly make some money from it?
 
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CarlosTheDJ said:
I have a strange talent for proofreading!

Does anyone know how I could possibly make some money from it?
Some academic publishers hire part time proof readers. A friend of mine worked at it in Ireland.
 
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I have to admit to holding collective responsibility for errors in left wing papers.
Eg:

For A 32 Cunty Socialist Republic (County)

Games Of The Revolution (Gains)

Victory To The Minors (Miners)

Talking to a CPGB comrade, he remembered:

A Comrade Who Spent Many Years in Goal (Gaol)
 

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Last surviving Dodo egg could be tested for authenticity
A South African museum which houses what is thought to be the world's last surviving dodo egg is preparing to send it for DNA testing to confirm its prevalence once and for all.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/scie ... icity.html
Prevalence? :shock:
World English Dictionary
prevalent
— adj
1. widespread or current
2. superior in force or power; predominant

[C16 (in the sense: powerful): from Latin praevalens very strong, from praeval?re: see prevail ]

'prevalence
— n
Hardly appropriate for a single Dodo egg! I can think of a few words the sub-editor was reaching for, but none of them are really suitable. A much better word would have been 'authenticity', as used in the main headline.

Sadly, the Telegraph is producing an increasing amount of errors recently. :(
 
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I never thought I'd see the day when a Daily Telegraph journalist would not be able to tell the difference between the words, 'prevalence' and 'provenance'. Or, the day that a Telegraph proof editor wouldn't snag the mistake, when it turned up. :(

I blame over reliance on computer spelling checkers. Yes the word was spelled correctly, but it was the wrong word.
 

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What you need to get is one of those Denys Parsons books of newspaper mistakes, they're hilarious. There's one compilation still in print that you can get at a reasonable price (alas, it doesn't include the "Funny Peculiar" stories he collected).
 

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The Beeb's at it now:
Vettel, nicknamed "Baby Schumi" when he arrived in the sport, has landed seven polls in 13 races this season but has only claimed two victories.

His 15th place in Spa left him 31 points adrift of championship leader Lewis Hamilton, but four ahead of Button.

"To get seven poles is extraordinary in the amount of races we've had (13), but to throw that many away is also very surprising," Button added.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsp ... 955015.stm
Hurricane warnings are already in effect in Anguilla, St Martin and St Barthelemy, St Maarten, Saba, St Eustatius, the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands.

Hurricane warnings are in place for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, St Maarten, Saba, St Eustatius, the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico is also on hurricane alert.

The hurricane warning for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis has been downgraded to a tropical storm warning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11128738
(Just to confuse things even more, St Martin and St Maarten are two parts of the same island! ;) )
 

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This "sort of" fits in there - the rise of "targeted" advertising on the net can lead to some embarrassing ads being placed in all the wrong places:





I've seen some bad ones myself, but didn't think to capture the scresn.
 

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That's been going on for a while, i saw one the night the news of Michael Jacksons death broke that was advertising tickets for his next concert on the same page it was reported... there is a quite nasty one too i saw a clip of with a news story about a young lad who died in a house fire for something i forget with the caption 'burn baby burn' :shock:

Heartbreak as website for tributes to the dead features grossly inappropriate adverts

The creator of a website which provides a platform for people to remember dead family and friends apologised today after online adverts upset users so much he felt "sick to the stomach".

Terry George's website www.gonetoosoon.co.uk (GTS) was bombarded with complaints after adverts started appearing at 2pm yesterday.

They included adverts for self defence classes on a tribute site for murdered schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, adverts for the airline RyanAir on sites for dead boys and men called Ryan, an advert for a motorcycle on a tribute page for a man who died in a bike crash and adverts for baby products alongside tributes for babies who have died.

The adverts appear to have been removed already, but this memorial for snooker player Paul Hunter had an advert for snooker cues next to it

Mr George said he introduced advertising in an effort to keep the popular website free for users.

The site currently hosts 9,000 memorials and averages three million hits per week, he said. He said its popularity meant administration kept two full-time staff members busy.

He said: "As the costs of maintaining the site are rising I have been looking at ways of creating revenue without charging our users for the site.

"At 2pm yesterday I introduced Google ads on to the site.

"What I did not realise is that somehow Google finds ads related to words used in the site."

Hundreds of people complained to the website after visiting tribute pages and finding the adverts.

Ally, from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, said: "I am absolutely disgusted. Talk about rubbing salt in open wounds.

"Some of us here are mums to angel babies in particular, some only having seen their babies grow wings a few days or weeks ago, only to be confronted by adverts for nappies, bibs and other baby merchandise."

Tracey, from Essex, said she was devastated when she visited the site set up in memory of her son Morgan and saw adverts from companies which shared his name.

"I have recently lost my three-year-old son in a tragic accident and this site was recommended to me," her message said.

"I was so pleased with my memorial in memory of my precious son and have many visitors using it daily, until today when all I can see is adverts splashed all over it.

"I fully understand that you need to make money to help run the site but surely there is some way this can be done without offending everyone on the website."

As soon as he became aware of the problem at 11.30pm yesterday, Mr George said he posted a response on to the site.

Terry George has apologised profusely for the horrifying mistake

It reads: "Sorry, Sorry, Sorry.

"Thank you to everyone who has posted messages about the Google ad words on GTS.

"I will be meeting with my IT department first thing; to switch them off and re-think the idea of ads."

He added: "When creating the site I never expected it to be so popular and to play such an important part in so many people's lives.

"The last thing I want to do is cause offence or distress to any GTS users.

"There is a huge cost in running the site and I want the site to be free to use for everyone."

Two hours later, after trying in vain to get the adverts removed, he updated his website message saying: "I feel sick to the stomach after reading most of your comments. It was never meant to be like this.

"I have tried so hard to make this site work and work for free for so many vulnerable people.

"I feel so deflated. I feel I have let you down. I'm so sorry."

After Mr George posted his apology many of the site's users thanked him for listening to their complaints.

Andy said: "Why don't you ask us all for a small fee to cover the cost of our site.

"You have created an excellent site for us, please don't trash it up with sleazy ads. There must be other alternatives."

Another user, Trevor, added: "Thank you Terry for taking note of people's distress and hurt at a time when they are raw and vulnerable to hurt.

"You have at least made a statement promptly and have done the right thing.

"I can't speak for everyone, and while I appreciate you wanting the site to be free, may I say that I would rather pay an annual or lifetime subscription in the same way that other sites do, than to see adverts of the kind we have experienced today."

Stuart from Leeds said: "Thanks for listening Terry.

"When I noticed that Ryan Air was advertising flights on my brother Ryan's site I just lost it. That is sick beyond words.

"As it is a site for lost loved ones that you have created this site, shouldn't the relatives have a say in what should be on their own sites."

However, not all the site's visitors were so understanding.

Jane Fort from Los Angeles said: "What person allows ads on their site without checking on the content?

"These ads are totally wrong and so inappropriate in every way!"

Mr George said he hopes to remove the adverts this morning.
I am not sure what to make of people who have 'angel babies' that grow wings, but i'd not knock their loss either - i guess one doesn;t need crap at such times.
 

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You can get a similar kind of unfortunate thing going on with Amazon's Look Inside feature:



Which is unfortunately a bit easy to contrive.
 

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Local paper puts the cart before the horse...

Falmouth businesses hit by floods for the second time in a month
3:55pm Thursday 23rd September 2010
By James Toseland - Falmouth Penryn Packet »

Shops and pubs in Falmouth were under a foot of water last night after more flooding led to rain on Prince of Wales pier. :shock:

...

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/fp ... n_a_month/
 
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