18 February, 2007

A bit of fun for Sunday

Your Language Arts Grade: 100%

Way to go! You know not to trust the MS Grammar Check and you know "no" from "know." Now, go forth and spread the good word (or at least, the proper use of apostrophes).

Are You Gooder at Grammar?
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Also, I've been looking through the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2006 results (if you haven't heard of it before, the Bulwer-Lytton is an international literary parody contest). The two are my favourites and are the winner and runner-up from the Vile Puns category:

As Johann looked out across the verdant Iowa River valley, and beyond to the low hills capped by the massive refrigerator manufacturing plant, he reminisced on the history of the great enterprise from its early days, when he and three other young men, all of differing backgrounds, had only their dream of bringing refrigeration to America's heartland to sustain them, to the present day, where they had become the Midwest's foremost group of refrigerator magnates.

Dick Davis
Circle Pines, MN

Herr Professor Doktor Weiss' reputation was made when he conclusively proved the fraudulency of the Mayan codex that claimed to show that that ancient people knew the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter to an exactitude unknown until modern times, in his article, "Bye, Bye, Mesoamerican Pi."

John L. Drost
Barboursville, WV.

Some of them are hilarious - if you want a laugh, go have a look.


Zazzy said...

I was planning on being really embarassed if I missed any - I frequently make that kind of typo and I keep insisting, it's not the apostrophes, it's the homophones!

caramaena said...

To be honest I think I got lucky! I have a terrible time with it's and its. Usually I'll put the apostrophe in - just to be safe ;)

Steve said...

A few of my pet hate's were in that quiz, so i was a bit disappointed not to get 100%. I wander what i got rong.

Robin said...

It scored me 98%. I wonder where it was mistaken?

R2K said...

Hehe that is fun! 94 percent??!?!

The Accidental Bitch said...

I love that a grammar test is the first part of a post titled "A bit of fun"...

Those things are cute!

caramaena said...

steve, robin and r2k - I'm a little surprised they didn't show the correct answers. What's the point of having a quiz and not showing you how to do it correctly? (oh and steve - lol!)

tab - oh dear, I've outed my inner geek, haven't I?