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Dec 21, 2017

Copyediting Quiz: The Glitz And Grammar Edition

Never let anyone tell you copyediting isn't a sexy profession. 'Cause it's all ~glitz and grammar~.

The answers below follow the BuzzFeed Style Guide (which you can read here).

  1. Choose the sentence below that best follows BuzzFeed style.

    YouTube
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    My 8-year-old nephew explained to me that Ariana Grande’s song "Side to Side" is not about riding a stationary bike.

    The age needs hyphens when it comes before the subject (8-year-old nephew); Ariana Grande's name best be spelled correctly; song titles are always in quotes, and Ariana is on a stationary bike in the music video. Here's an easy way to remember the stationary/stationery homophone: You use a pEn to write on stationEry, and ARiana rides a stationARy bike.

    Via Giphy
  2. 2. Choose the sentence below that best follows BuzzFeed style.

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    This Instagram picture of Beyoncé and DeRay Mckesson broke the internet.

    Bey needs that accent mark. DeRay has the "R" capitalized and the "K" lowercased. The internet is lowercased, per BuzzFeed and AP style.

    Via Giphy / CBS
  3. ♫ Which of the following lyrics uses grammar that’s OK by BuzzFeed style? ♫

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    Look what you made them do.

    Taylor employs the singular "they" here. The rule in our style guide: They is acceptable (and preferred!) as a singular stand-in when gender is unknown or irrelevant. As for the other lyrics: Simon & Garfunkel and the Pussycat Dolls misuse the past tense verb ("was") rather than the subjunctive ("were"), while Queens of the Stone Age cram in the wrong verb to make the couplet rhyme.

  4. 4. Choose the sentence below that best follows BuzzFeed style.

    @theneedledrop / Twitter
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    Wrong! 

    The correct spelling is "pursue." BuzzFeed style is to break the thoughts apart by using an em dash ( — ) with a space on either side (not two hyphens) and to capitalize separate words in a hashtag for clarity.

  5. 5. Choose the sentence below that best follows BuzzFeed style.

    Korea.net / Korean Culture and Information Service (Jeon Han)
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    Fast-forward to my stepsister’s wedding: There’s Psy, and he’s singing his most popular track, the US national anthem.

    Fast-forward is always spelled with a hyphen. BuzzFeed style closes up Step- relationships without a hyphen (unless the next word starts with a vowel). K-Pop artists like PSY or G-DRAGON are spelled without the screaming capital letters. "The US" is spelled without periods. And finally — "national anthem" is lowercased, while its proper name, "The Star-Spangled Banner," is capitalized.

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