Wikipedia’s Worst Writing


I usually read Wikipedia to find the answers to find the answer to totally random questions that I feel a burning need to find answers to, such as: How many kids made up the DeBarge family? or What is District 9’s industry? Nothing too serious, so I don’t ever pay attention to the writing. But apparently there’s really bad writing on Wikipedia. Authors Conor Lastowka and Josh Fruhlinger have compiled about 200 of Wikipedia’s worst writing, with humorous commentary on each entry, into a new book called, [Citation Needed] – The Best of Wikipedia’s Worst Writing.

The first 50 pages of the book are available for free download on the web site. Here are a couple of my favorites:

The Terminator

The studio had suggested O. J. Simpson for the role of the Terminator, but Cameron did not feel that Simpson would be believable as a killer.

The true victim in the sad, sordid O.J. Simpson saga? James Cameron’s credibility.

List of Care Bear Cousins
Lotsa Heart Elephant

Some people argued that he is a female because of his pinkness and his voice. In Care Bears The Movie, Cozy Heart Penguin refers to Lotsa Heart Elephant as a female. Others argue that Lotsa Heart’s gender could have been changed to a male in the later movies and television series.

However, nobody argues that these arguments are not a colossal waste of time.

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LaToya Jordan is a writer from Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, Thick-Skinned Sugar (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and her work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays 2016. Her writing has appeared in Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Mom Egg Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and more. Visit her at More from this author →