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Contradictory concepts?


Tide turns in favour of Egypt’s Brotherhood in revolt

EGYPTBut perhaps the most novel element in its manifesto is that it advocates “jihad,” innovative interpretation of the Koran to bring Islamic law in tune with the demands of changing times.

The definition provided in your story is for a concept known as “ijtihad,” not “jihad.” These are different, and in a way contradictory, concepts.


Indeed. Most versions of this story did use the proper term “ijtihad,”but in a sad spell-checker turn of events, one online version showed up as “jihad.” We corrected: GBU Editor

Essam El-Erian, spokesperson for Egypt’s main opposition group the Muslim Brotherhood, speaks during a news conference in Cairo February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany

A Kafkaesque error?


Florida pastor’s daughter: ‘he needs help’

SOMALIA/After leaving the community aged 17, Emma Jones said she returned in 2005 to find it had become insect-like.

In this story, attributed to Reuters, surely “insect-like” should be “sect-like”?

Getting pasta spell-check problem


Glaxo starts final clinical trial of shingles vaccine

PAKISTAN/LONDON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline said on Monday it had started final trials of its new vaccine to prevent shingles, one of the most significant products in its pipeline.

Herpes Zoster, commonly known as shingles, is caused by the vermicelli-zoster virus and results in painful rash on one side of the body.

Seven million million…


Scientists inch towards finding “God particle”

SCIENCE/CERNThe LHC, a 27-km (17-mile) looped tunnel which creates mini-Big Bangs by smashing together particles, is currently colliding particles at around half its maximum energy level — 7 million electron volts, or 7 TeV.

In the article “Scientists inch towards finding ‘God particle’” it says 7 TeV is 7 million electron volts which is incorrect. 7 TeV is 7 tera-electron volts which is 7 trillion, not million.

Not a former patriot…


A Morgan Stanley star falls in China Interviews with those who know and have worked with him say his story is one of an ambitious and hard-working expatriot who appears to have crossed the line in his zeal to get ahead in the Chinese business world.

In the story on Garth Peterson he is called an ‘expatriot’ which would make him a Benedict Arnold or a turncoat. Given the context of the story it would seem the correct word would be ‘expatriate,’ defined as a person who has withdrawn from his native land, but not a former citizen or supporter.


This is not a question. The word “expatriate” is misspelled as “expatriot.” This should have been caught by an automatic spelling-checker.

Phyllis who?


Phyllis manager backs Hamels, may start a Game Seven

Seriously, Phyllis manager? Who is doing your editing, are you outsourcing it to some third world country?

It should read Phillies……the mispelling of words and misused phrases in sentences or just sentences that do not make sense seems to be an ever increasing problem here and on other sites…..keep the work in this country please

We meant progress and lawyer…


Obama sees signs of economic progess

Google is good for newspapers-company laywer says

Excellent headline: “…economic progess” Is this a new term or are you referring to economic progress?


The word “lawyer” is misspelled as “laywer.”


Not surprisingly, a number of readers noticed these. Our headlines are spell-checked, but…¬†GBU Editor

A bad spell for veggies?


Baby brocolli may help prevent stomach cancer-study

HONG KONG, April 6 (Reuters) – Eating two and a half ounces (70 grammes) of baby broccoli daily for two months may protect against a common stomach bug that is linked to gastritis, ulcers and even stomach cancer, a study in Japan has found.

It’s spelled Broccoli, not brocolli.


It was right in the lead, but not in the headline. Several readers noticed: GBU Editor

Basterdized spelling?


August date for Quentin Tarantino World War II movie

The director’s oddly spelled World War II epic “Inglourious Basterds” stars actor Brad Pitt, and production began in Europe in October.

What, no spell check on your typewriters? It is clear that no one with any knowledge of English wrote and/or edited the Quentin Tarantino story.

Spell-checker befouls story


Food summit seeks “green revolution” for Africa

ban-160.jpgAs leaders made lofty speeches, many blaming trade barriers and befouls for driving up prices, delegations worked on a summit declaration for release on Thursday.

The United States found itself on the defensive regarding befouls, along with Brazil which is the world’s largest producer of sugar-cane ethanol, and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer bristled at the criticism.