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Five Questions To Test Your Word Knowledge

A weekly mini quiz from the BuzzFeed copydesk.

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  1. 1. Which one of these names takes italic type?

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    Via by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos/Wiki Commons
    Board games
    Via by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos/Wiki Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Via Lamonttroop/Wiki Commons
    TV stations
    Via Lamonttroop/Wiki Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Via Wiki Commons
    Ships
    Via Wiki Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Via BuzzFeed
    Podcast episodes
    Via BuzzFeed
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The answer is ships.

    Names of ships and other named vessels should always be in italic type: RMS Titanic, USS SC-530, the space shuttle Discovery. (Board games and TV stations are styled in roman type, and podcast episode titles are in quotation marks.)

  2. 2. Which one of these is the only one spelled and styled correctly?

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    Incorrect
    Via David Adam Kess/Wiki Commons
    M&M's
    Via David Adam Kess/Wiki Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Via Zanastardust / Creative Commons
    Fruit Loops
    Via Zanastardust / Creative Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Via Kici/Wiki Commons
    McDonalds
    Via Kici/Wiki Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Via Emmy Favilla
    Walgreen's
    Via Emmy Favilla
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The answer is M&M's.

    What, exactly, are these candy-coated chocolates in possession of? The world may never know.

  3. 3. What's the correct spelling of this word?

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    Incorrect
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The answer is straitlaced.

    The word is used to mean being very proper in manners, morals, or opinion — but it also has been used to indicate wearing or having a bodice or stays tightly laced!

  4. 4. Which one of these words is correctly unhyphenated (per Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary)?

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    Via TBEC Review/Wiki Commons
    ecigarette
    Via TBEC Review/Wiki Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Via 1RadicalOne/Wiki Commons
    greenlight
    Via 1RadicalOne/Wiki Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Via Kate Ter Haar/Wiki Commons
    steppingstone
    Via Kate Ter Haar/Wiki Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Via DHD Money Gallery/Wiki Commons
    moneymaking
    Via DHD Money Gallery/Wiki Commons
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The answer is moneymaking.

    No hyphen? No problem.

  5. 5. What is the correct capitalization of the following?

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    Via Master Sgt. Lono Kollars, U.S. Air Force/Wiki Commons
    Summer Olympics
    Via Master Sgt. Lono Kollars, U.S. Air Force/Wiki Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Via Bastique/Wiki Commons
    summer Olympics
    Via Bastique/Wiki Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Via Xiaowei/Wiki Commons
    summer olympics
    Via Xiaowei/Wiki Commons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Via Alterego/Wiki Commons
    Summer olympics
    Via Alterego/Wiki Commons
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The correct capitalization is Summer Olympics.

 
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