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Copyediting Quiz: The Year-End Fake News Roundup Edition

The news is fake. The grammar epidemic is real.

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Select each sentence that follows BuzzFeed style.

The following are five fake news stories from 2017. The answers below follow the BuzzFeed Style Guide.

  1. 1.

    Trump officially recognized a different locale as Israel's capital city, and now the embassy will be relocated.<br />
    Dan Hansen / The White House
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    After President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it was announced that the US Embassy in Tell Aviv will be moved to a Chuck-E-Cheese's in Jerusalem.
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    After president Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, it was announced that the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv will be moved to a Chuck E. Cheese in Jerusalem.
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    After President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Isreal, it was announced that the US embassy in Tel Aviv will be moved to a Chuck-E-Cheese in Jerusalem.
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    After President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it was announced that the US Embassy in Tel Aviv will be moved to a Chuck E. Cheese's in Jerusalem.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    President is capitalized when it comes before a name; BF style is to take the periods out of US; and "embassy" is capitalized when paired with a nation, but lowercased without (the Norwegian Embassy, the US Embassy, but the embassy); and "Chuck E. Cheese's" is styled like so.

  2. 2.

    Some last-minute changes were made to Armie Hammer's new movie, which may change everything.
    Sony Pictures Classics
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    Armie Hamner's privates had to be digitially removed from Call Me By Your Name and replaced in post production with Christopher Plummer's privates.
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    Armie Hammer's privates had to be digitally removed from Call Me by Your Name and replaced in postproduction with Christopher Plummer's privates.
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    Armie Hammer's privates had to be digitally removed from "Call Me Maybe Your Name," and replaced in post-production with Christopher Plummer's privates.
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    Armie Hammer's privates had to be digitally removed from Call me by Your Name and replaced in in post production with Cristopher Plummer's privates.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    In titles, lowercase the prepositions shorter than four letters (by, of, to, at). Movie titles are italicized, and "postproduction" is closed up. In other answers, some names and words are misspelled and/or duplicated.

  3. 3.

    The newest revelation in the Russia–Trump investigation implicated one of the all-time greatest author-illustrators.
    Random House books
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    Dr. Seuss's grandchildren tell-all: Hop On Pop was based on a true story about George Papadopoulos and Paul Manafort. Its original title was Hop on Papadopoulos before editors shortened it.
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    Dr. Seuss's grandchildren tell all: Hop on Pop was based on a true story about George Papadopoulos. Its original title was Hop on Papadopoulos before editors shortened it.
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    Dr. Seuss's grandchildren tell all: "Hop On Pop" was based on a true story about George Papadopolous. Its original title was "Hop On Papadopolous" before editors shortened it.
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    Dr. Seuss' grandchildren tell all: Hop on Pop was based on a true story about George Papadopolous. It's original title was Hop on Papadopolous before editors shortned it.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Dr. Seuss needs the apostrophe + s after it; our rule is that any name that ends with an S sound has 's, while the names that end with a Z sound just get the apostrophe. "Tell all" does not take the hyphen as a verb (but it is hyphenated as a noun). Papadopoulos = Papa + Do + Poul + Os.

    Via Random House Books
  4. 4.

    This year's most important accolade was revoked and provided to its rightful recipient.
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    There's many attorneys general who are distraught over this decision, but PEOPLE Magazine has named Mahershala Ali as 2017's sexiest man alive, narrowly beating out Jeffrey Baeregard Sessions.
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    Many attorney generals are distraught over this decision, but People Magazine have named Mahershala Ali as this year's Sexiest Man Alive, narrowly beating out Jeffrey Beauxbatons Sessions.
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    There's many attorneys general who are distraught over this decision, but People magazine have named Mahershala Ali as 2017's Sexist Man Alive, narrowly beating out Jeffrey Baeregard Sessions.
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    Many attorneys general are distraught over this decision, but People magazine has named Mahershala Ali as 2017's Sexiest Man Alive, narrowly beating out Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A plural phrase like "attorneys general" should never follow the phrase "there is." *grinds teeth* "People magazine" is styled like so, as BuzzFeed styles magazine titles without italics, and generally a publication is referred to as a single entity (has, not have). The formal title of the decree is "Sexiest Man Alive," which takes capital letters unless it's paraphrased. Also: The title isn't sexist man alive.

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    Via David J. Bertozzi / BuzzFeed
  5. 5.

    Pope Francis suggested that the translation of the Lord's Prayer needs to be updated.
    Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau
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    Pope Francis has suggested, "Let's just replace the entire prayer with the lyrics from the 1998 Euro dance hit "We Like to Party! (The Vengabus)" by The Vengaboys."
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    "Lead us not into temptation" may not be, "a good translation," the Pope said. His suggestion: replace the entire prayer with the lyrics from the 1998 Euro-dance hit "We Like To Party! (The Vengabus)" by The Vengaboys.
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    The line "lead us not into temptation" from the Lord's Prayer may not be "a good translation," Pope Francis said. His suggestion: Replace the entire prayer with the lyrics from the 1998 Eurodance hit "We Like to Party! (The Vengabus)" by the Vengaboys.
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    The suggestion from pope Francis is to replace the entire prayer with the lyrics from the 1998 Eurodance hit We Like to Party! (The Vengabus) by The Vengaboys.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Eurodance" is one word. Lowercase "the" before any band name. Capitalize "pope" before a name, but lowercase "the pope" when on its own. Song titles come packaged in quotes, but when they're already within a quote, they take single quote marks. Bless this mess!

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