New York Times Grammar Quiz

Here on this site we like to do epic battle with The Chicago Manual of Style, but sometimes it’s fun to spar with another opponent instead. That’s why we were happy to see this recent quiz in the New York Times, which challenged smart-aleck readers to spot mistakes overlooked by the harried Times editors:

http://topics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/03/red-pencils-ready/

We passed with flying colors, naturally, though we have to admit we didn’t catch the spelling lapse in #8. We also noticed that along with the word usage error they copped to in #6, their use of “peripatetically” in that sentence is equally weak. It’s hard for an art exhibit to be peripatetic, since that word usually retains some of its literal sense of journeying on foot. “Discursively” would have been a better choice.

How well did you do? Let us know in the Comments section. 50 bonus points if you can name an error of grammar, usage, or style that we’ve ever made. We double-dog dare you.

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “New York Times Grammar Quiz

  1. Actually, it’s usually considered poor form to begin a sentence with a number not spelled out. For example, the sentence “50 bonus points if you can name an error of grammar, usage, or style that we’ve ever made.” would be considered stylistically uncouth.

    Oh, the irony…

    –Bob

    P.S.–I make no claims for stylistic orthodoxy on my own blog. I’m a maverick.

  2. abbeville

    Fifty bonus points to Bob. You do believe we planted that irony intentionally, don’t you?

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