May 02, 2005

My English Major Tuition At Work

Your English Skills:

Grammar: 100%
Punctuation: 100%
Vocabulary: 100%
Spelling: 60%
Does Your English Cut the Mustard?

This about says it all. While I've always been good at most writing-related subjects, spelling has been my nemesis time out of mind. I blame those goddam Norman French and their nancy-boy "Romance" corruption of perfectly good phonetic Latin.

Yips! to Lintenfiniel Freakin' Jen.

YIPS from Steve: This will come as no surprise to my Mom:

Your English Skills:

Grammar: 100%
Punctuation: 100%
Vocabulary: 80%
Spelling: 20%
Does Your English Cut the Mustard?

All I can say is that I'm glad there wasn't a category for penmanship, as my handwriting is illegible.

Posted by Robert at May 2, 2005 03:17 PM

Got 100% for Grammar and Punctuation, and 80% for Spelling and Vocabulary.

Posted by: TheRoyalFamily at May 2, 2005 04:04 PM

100% Grammar and Spelling, 80% Punctuation and Vocabulary.

The punctuation one is a difference between Commonwealth and American English usage. Commas that aren't part of the quote shouldn't go inside the quote marks!!!!!!

And I screwed the pooch on "ponderous". Dammit, I knew that.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 2, 2005 10:58 PM

Commas always go inside the quotes. I have had many, many disputes about this. Check Strunk and White. They back me up.

Posted by: jen at May 3, 2005 04:52 PM

Yeah, I know what Strunk & White say. They're poopyheads.

Seriously, in Commonwealth English (British, Australian, NZ, possibly Canada though they might follow the U.S. usage now), commas only go inside the quote marks only if they are actually part of the quote. It makes far more sense that way.

I knew I'd get marked wrong on that question, but pppptttt.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 3, 2005 11:07 PM

Pixy, I'm with you on this. It's only by biting my tongue and concentrating that I adhere to the absurd S&W rule.

Posted by: Robert the LB at May 4, 2005 07:38 AM
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