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Grammar Quiz Thingy December 7, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home.

As seen over at The Llama Butchers a little internet quiz.

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).

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It’s sad, really.  All of the stuff on this quiz you’re supposed to know by the 4th grade.  It brought to mind a letter I remember opening some years ago at work, though. 

At the time it was part of my job to look at all the mail we got for the day and route it to the appropriate person.  This letter was just addressed to my division in a local elementary school’s stock envelope, so I opened it up to assess it and either deal with it myself or pass it on.  Basically it was a letter requesting some general information about our organization and other stuff for some class project.  The letter itself was hand-written with appalling penmanship, but beyond that it was riddled with spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.  It even had an incomplete sentence!  While I read this sad document I grabbed a red pen and marked all the errors I noticed.  Given the penmanship, I was generous on some words. There was hardly a single line on this one-page letter that didn’t have a least one red mark.  Most had several.  It served its purpose, I suppose.  I understood what was wanted and sent back a packet with our brochures and pamphlets that covered all the topics referenced in the letter.  Do you want to know what the saddest part of this letter was?  It was the fact that it wasn’t written by one of the students.  It was written by the teacher of the class at that school.  This happened here in Las Vegas and it’s in one of the larger school districts in the country, folks.



1. geoff - December 7, 2006

Argghh! I got a 98% and I can’t figure out what I did wrong!

Oh well.

2. Mr Minority - December 8, 2006

I two got a 98%, damn Internet porn distracted me.

3. kevlarchick - December 8, 2006

Enas loves the Red Pen like I do. Nothing says “bloodletting” like lots of red pen marks on an assignment. Pure joy.

4. kevlarchick - December 8, 2006

100% Yay. Guess those college loans paid off.

5. Enas Yorl - December 8, 2006

I REALLY wanted to send that letter back to the teacher and let him know that he had some homework to do. I told myself not to go borrowing trouble, so I didn’t.

Say KC, did you get your package yet?

6. Pupster - December 8, 2006

100%, but its much easier for me to find errors in other peoples writting than mine own.


7. Mr Minority - December 8, 2006

I know where I blew it (thanks to lot of grammaricalists at the IB). I said it’s was ok for a possessive “it”.

But Hey what do you expect, I’m an Engineer not a Liberal Arts major!

Now if you want to talk about Linear Regressions, R2, DFM, Manufacturability, Six Sigma, Bode Plots, Ariel Images, Coefficient of Expansion or Raleigh’s Constant, I’m there baby, bring it on!!

8. Enas Yorl - December 8, 2006

Ariel Images? You like pictures of popular computer fonts? Or perhaps you mean aerial? ;-D

9. Elzbth - December 8, 2006

Enas, are you going to be a spelign natzee?

10. Enas Yorl - December 8, 2006

Know, naught Eye. Still, he was bragging about knowlege of engineering stuff and then flubbed a technical term no less. I had to throw the flag on that one! 😀

11. kevlarchick - December 8, 2006

Enas, no joy. Should I put out the Bat Signal for that thing? I’m getting worried my skull has been hijacked.

12. Enas Yorl - December 8, 2006

Hmm, so am I. :-S Unfortunately I sent it “Parcel Post” through the regular mail. I don’t know of any way to track it! Gah! I knew I should have sent it UPS!!

13. Mr Minority - December 9, 2006

Ok, Ok, so I blew the spelling of Aerial, penalize me 5 yards and give the down over!

I’m getting worried my skull has been hijacked.

Kevlar, I suggest you make yourself a tinfoil hat to prevent them from highjacking your mind. It works for moonbats, it ought to work for you.

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