Thursday, September 15, 2005

Word Nerd Brain-Teaser No. 5

Answers from last week:
1. Candice Bergen now does commercials for The Dallas Morning News.
2. She graduated from Texas Woman's University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
3. The scientists at the Centers for Disease Control warn of a possible epidemic.
4. The dinosaur's bones were displayed at the Smithsonian Institution.
5. For decades, the most famous athlete in the world was Muhammad Ali.

Did you get all 10 mistakes?

Here's this week's word-teaser, a little something I like to call "Comma, Comma Down, Dooby Doo, Down, Down." Put commas where they belong (do NOT use the serial comma in a list of three or more things). And you don't need to post answers. This is self-study. Answers will be posted next week. OK, go to it.

1. Well is this your final day at work?
2. After the doctor reset it her broken arm mended perfectly.
3. The wedding gifts included a clock a popcorn popper a plasma TV and seven toasters.
4. "If you reheat that awful meatloaf one more time I'm getting a divorce" Tammy said to David her third husband.
5. John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22 1963 in Dallas Texas.

11 Comments:

Blogger Lia said...

if i can't post the answers, what can i post here?

9:49 AM  
Blogger Eddo said...

I want to post something too!

10:27 AM  
Blogger The Matt said...

OK..I was taught, way back when, that it wasn't (neglecting the "The") Dallas Morning News, but Dallas Morning News. That is, the name of the city wasn't underlined (in good ol' day speak).

Did my elementary English teacher hate us or was this a valid style, just different (MLA, ACS, APS, &c.)?

10:50 AM  
Blogger theprofessor said...

The Associated Press style that most media use (or should) cap and italicize all four words: The Dallas Morning News.

Also, I still maintain that the word "media" is a plural, as in "The media are all over this story."

As for what to post here? Anything but politics.

WFAA/Channel 8 news misspelled the name of our senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison. Again. Note to Channel 8 News: There is no "N" in the middle of Hutchison.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Jeff the Baptist said...

The word "data" is also plural. "Datum" is the singular form. A lot of people forget that one too. Durn latin roots.

12:41 PM  
Blogger johnnyville said...

As for what to post here? Anything but politics.

Alright! Here I go…

Little Miss Scary Mary Sunshines were a dime a dozen where I went to school. So were the Brads and Ashleys. Then there were the ones like me. I completely paid my way through college on my own by working. It sucked at times eating pimento and cheese or something else like tuna fish straight out of a can (whatever was on sale at HEB) for a week straight. I guess that since I am a good looking guy and have a respectful demeanor, I was accepted into the different classes.

Due to my diverse set of friends and tribes I ran with, I can say there are good and bad in all groups. I deal with all types of people in my business (marketing) and there is definitely a similar distribution of fucked up people in every socio-economic group. Of course, my definition of fucked up is very subjective…

BTW, thanks Prof for this free online writing class and the stories. I am trying to improve my writing skills which I believe will help me in all aspects of life, especially, like, you know, love letters and stuff.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you can't do commercials for a newspaper. Those are advertisements!--Fondly, Jim in Michigan

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Leslie in CA said...

Neil Sedaka teaching punctuation. Groovy.

Love the random faculty blurts. But I'm wondering about the woman sleeping in the lounge between classes. Does the speaker consider it "not right" in a judgmental (she ought not) sense, or a sympathetic (she ought not have to) one?

6:17 PM  
Anonymous J. Ascher said...

I have never read a sound argument against using the serial comma, but I'm interested in yours.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Any extra points for asking a really annoying copyeditor-type question? No? Oh, well, here I go anyway. Does AP style call for using the complete name of the CDC -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?

(Love, love, LOVE your blog, by the way.)

5:46 PM  
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