Saturday, December 26, 2015

So long, and good night!

Hi everyone - this is Alex Hanna, Leslie's son. I'm sure by now you have all heard the news. If not, I want to apologize for sharing it in this way.  Yesterday afternoon (Dec. 25), our mother passed away. It was far more sudden than any of us expected. Her family is here, and we are so very grateful for all the support and love over the years.

As you all know, she placed an incredible value on her friends. You are all among her best friends, and for that, I want to share my thanks. She will be missed.

Monday, December 21, 2015


A quick glance would have caught this.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

bsltimore ?

No caps, misspelled .. sad.

Retweeted by @ABC7News:

Sunday, December 13, 2015

What is a First?

.It was destroyed by a fire, not by a first.

Saved their mother's ... what?

It should be "save their mother" or "save their mother's life".

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Is there more than one?

"...have fled the Cuba..." Oh, NPR ...

Every Day vs Everyday

Something is an everyday occurrence, but you do something every day. You don't do something everyday. That's just wrong.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Basic Conjugation

They beat the Redskins, or they have beaten them. From the Grammarist: "got beat". This is incorrect grammatically, but is firmly established in slang, especially in North America." News agencies should not be using slang, or our society is doomed.
Did you know the State of PA got hate mail (phone calls) for the license plate with the slogan "You've got a friend in Pennsylvania" because it's grammatically incorrect? By using "you've got", it should be "you've gotten". Or else they'd have to say "You have a friend in Pennsylvania". Either way, oops. They changed it back to Keystone State a few years later.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Oh, come on, Newsweek

Copy-paste oops? Did ya read it before you posted?

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Third Percent?

Was a half, now a third percent. I think they meant it went from half to a third. Happily, lots of other people called Newsweek out on this, too.
They've deleted the tweet and updated it:

Monday, November 23, 2015

Who was pregnant?

The pastor's wife was pregnant, not the pastor. This should be "the pastor's pregnant wife".
Sadly, it was AP's fault. I'm sure the local station just copied it:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Misleading title and context

"no family members stepped forward to make funeral arrangements" is very different than "no records of living family members could be found". The title and original statement make it sound like his family didn't care, which is not the case if you read the article.

Too Much Coffee?

This is so sad it's almost funny. I make these mistakes all the time, but I don't send before I correct them, and I'm not a News agency.

How Does A Pedestrian Crash?

Okay, this may be news-speak with which I am not familiar, but how does a pedestrian crash? I assume (!) they mean a crash involving a pedestrian.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Again vs Against

Once again, not once against. Come on, Newsweek - it's only 11 words to review before you hit Send.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


It's reportedly. He had reportedly taken ...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Wow, two in a row

Must be the same person writing these. "Holidays" is plural, not possessive. Lose the apostrophe.

Holidays are not possessive

"Holidays" is not possessive here. Lose the apostrophe.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Oh, AP, So Disappointed

It's a 2-day event, but it's 2 days of auctions (no hyphen). AP, you're better than this. C'mon.

Friday, November 6, 2015

To dash or not?

He is only four years old, but he is a four-year-old boy. Lose the dashes/hyphens since it's not followed by a noun..

What About Them?

Are they closing?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Lost & Found

You're lost, then you're found. It's not a difficult concept.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ex-husbands Splitting Up?

Her ex-husbands are talking about splitting up? That's how I first read this. Turns out her exes are talking about her recent split from her current husband. How about "talk about her latest split"?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Partents ... should be parents. A brief review of the typed words would have caught that.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Get Your Tenses Right

Four people were murdered - past tense. Only 13 words you needed to review.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Passed vs Past

Should be past, not passed. It's even spelled correctly on the sign in the included photo.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Its vs It's

Won "its " game. The word "it's" (with an apostrophe) is a contraction for "it is".  An easy mistake to make, but also easy to catch if you proof-read your copy, especially for someone in the News business.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

An Extra "is"

She probably tried to re-word her sentence and missed an "is".

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"Is Another Federal Agencies" - Huh?

So difficult to read. Perhaps it should have been "and other federal agencies", or maybe "is another federal agency".

Monday, October 26, 2015

If I Have to Read it Twice ...

Is he in the US illegally, or was he illegally arrested? A comma would help.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Who is Patricia Slow Head?

I shouldn't have to read a headline more than once to figure out what the story is about. A comma after Slow would help a lot.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Written by a 10-year-old?

The tweet is fine, but the article made my head explode. Who wrote the linked article? A 10-year-old? Certainly no one with a college degree in Journalism would let this go to press without at least a second set of eyes to proof-read it. There are so many typos and missing words I couldn't finish it.

And yes, I called them out on it on Twitter.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Misplaced Possessive Apostrophe?

I think this should be "Richmond teen's beating death", not "Richmond's teen beating death". Picky, but still ...

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sentenced To, or Sentenced In?

I think this should be "sentenced in". Picky, I know, but it didn't read right to me.
And in the article, "pleaded" or "pled"?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Got Spell-check?

Spell-check would have caught this ... present not presnent

Monday, October 12, 2015

Another vacant ... what?

According to the article, it was a vacant house.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Four Men By Poachers?

I have no idea what this means. The title of the linked article is the same. After reading the article, rangers were killed by poachers. (Sad.)

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Cover, not dover ... Later corrected after someone (not me) pointed it out to them.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Could Be Reworded

This tweet makes it sound like the detective shot the Oregon shooter, then shot himself. What really happened is the detective shot the shooter before the shooter could shoot anyone else, or himself. Just a bit confusing.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

What is a Critical Missing?

What is a "critical missing"? And I hope they find them.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

How WHAT works?

Um ... "how all for gadgets work" ... maybe "how all the gadgets work"?

Monday, September 28, 2015

What is a Possible Body?

What is a possible body? Someone reported a body was found on the beach, and it's being investigated. It will be a body or it will be something else, but someone reported a body was found on the beach, right?

Just Any Ole Preposition Will Work

This should be "for the" second time, not "in" the second time.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Just Two Little Words ...

Ripping pages out Quran, or out of a  Quran?

Just before that they got it right:

Doris Day, huh?

Later corrected, but still ... Doris Day - seriously?
and the correction, 21 minutes later:

Tenses, People, Tenses

Will find out. It's in the article that way, too.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yogi Bear?


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Got Spell-check?

"pssoible" Got spell-check? Geez.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cheef? Got Spell-check?

OMG, "cheef"?! Spell-check would have caught that. Also "ouplan"? It's this way in the article, too. Sad.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Child boy?

What is a child boy? Maybe a boy child? Did they start to write child, then changed it to boy without removing child?
(I hope they find him.)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Extra words

Lose the "when". "the day when an executioner ..."

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Singular/Plural issues

Singular/Plural issues ... basic Elementary School knowledge. "Samples test" or "Sample tests". It's wrong in the linked article's title, too. Turns out three samples were tested ...

Is that a new number?

What is a billonth?  Six words to proof, people ... six words. Even Spellcheck would have caught this one.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

A Fire was Destroyed?

A fire was destroyed? A grill exploded and set a house on fire, but ...

Oh, @AP ...

Fed-up isn't hyphenated. Of all the accounts to make this boo-boo, AP?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

It's basic conjugation

Starts petition. Only 11 words to proof ... how tough can this be?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Deceives? Detectives?

I think they meant detectives.

Didn't even spell-check

"following fatal" ... what? Crash? And describes is misspelled, too. Bonus! Eleven words, people, only eleven words to proof. You didn't even spell-check. Sigh.

Just one letter, people ...

Just one letter: isolated vs isolates. Picky, maybe, but there's only 10 words to proof. How difficult can this be?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Oh, Newsweek ...

It's bad enough I can only read five articles per month, but then you omit a teeny tiny word from a very short tweet:

"Marissa Mayer will 'limited time off'" -- will what limited time off? "take"? She'll "take limited time off"? Was that so difficult? Sheesh.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tense over tenses

Yes, I know the meaning comes across anyway, but UPI? The track "has shifted". It's less than 10 words to proof. Geez.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sentence structure, people ...

"Man honored who pulls over woman now charged with OVI". Was the man charged with OVI or the woman? Turns out it was the woman. At first I thought the man had been charged.

How about this: Man honored for pulling over woman driving erratically. Woman now charged with OVI.

Still under 140 characters, and it makes sense.

When did two become one?

Two cubs were born, one died. "The" newborn didn't die, unless you amend it to say "the smallest cub" has died.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

It's Just One Letter, But ...

Info, not into ... It's just 13 words, people ...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Aw, This One Was Too Easy

They later corrected it, but still ...  "barely an inch"

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I Get Tense Over Tenses

Get your tenses right. She "has been" found.

I Know It's Picky, But ...

"responds to Trump who said". I know it's picky, but it's only three letters and a space, and would make this very short tweet more readable.

Monday, August 17, 2015

From A School, No Less


Saturday, August 15, 2015

What's a Salong?

What's a salong?

Too Many "ing"s

Too many "ing"s make my head hurt. Lose the word "saying" and the sentence still works.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Need More Coffee?

Aw, come on ... it's only eight words.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What Other Kind Is There?

A new healthy facility? As opposed to what?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Aw, Come On, Guys

A phone company by any other name ...

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sad Either Way

Not sure, but I think he was indicted in the death of a toddler.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I Had No Idea

Lesbian cuisine? That's a new one for me. Maybe he meant Lebanese?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Scary Traffic

A stalking semi ... creepy. Probably meant stalled.

I Think She Needs Coffee

Will be ... Hear ... In 20 min

The IOC has spoken: Beijing, China will the the site of the 2022 Winter #Olympic games. Here about it 20 mins on @MorningEdition!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Little Redundancy for Emphasis

Um, if he's knife-wielding, he's got a knife, right?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Well, That Didn't Take Long

And BOOM! An easy victim.

An event is a try-out. An individual would be denied the chance to try out (no hyphen).

Why Are We Here?

I am not a copy editor. I am not trained to be one. But I can spell, and I know my word tenses, and I can construct a complete sentence.

Several of my friends and I are mourning the demise of proper word usage, tenses, sentence construction, etc. And it's getting worse. Almost daily we find groan-worthy errors, mostly on Twitter (I'm allergic to Facebook), but occasionally I'll find one on Facebook if I last long enough.

Now I'm not talking your general Twitter or Facebook user. Nope. I excuse those. Well, except for when they repeat the error, over and over again, and it's obvious they don't have a clue. But then I just ignore them.

My main goal here is to shame the news agencies. I'm talking not only local news stations, but national news organizations like Newsweek, AP, UPI, etc. There is NO excuse for these guys to have a typo in a post that's less than 140 characters.

A recent example:

From AP: administration approves permits for limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaskan coach

Coach? I think they meant coast. The same error was in the linked article.

And another one:

Local news on FB: We have confirmed that Governor John Kasich has just gave the authorization...

Has just given. GIVEN, people.

This stuff makes me itch, and I felt it was time to go public with my angst.

I'll add more gaffes here as they come to my attention.

Feel free to correct MY typos as we move along on this adventure. I'd appreciate it, actually.

Let the games begin!