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Sep 18, 2016

Can You Pass This Punctuation And Capitalization Quiz?

More like pumpkintuation, amirite? *hides until winter* (Note that all style adheres to the BuzzFeed Style Guide.)

  1. Creative Commons / Danielle Scott / commons.wikimedia.org
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    The phrase "pumpkin-flavored" is what's called a compound modifier (aka two words that describe the word "everything"), so it takes a hyphen. And when a full sentence (in this case, a question) is enclosed within parentheses, end punctuation goes inside them, not outside.

  2. Creative Commons / Tinton 5 / commons.wikimedia.org
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Everyone's favorite autumnal latte is capitalized when referring to the trademarked Starbucks beverage, and BuzzFeed style generally doesn't adhere to vanity capitalization (aka capitalizing just because) for products, names, or titles.

  3. Uncommon Goods / uncommongoods.com
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    "Shark-shaped" and "back-to-school" both act as compound modifiers (describing "pencil pouch" and "shopping spree," respectively) and should be hyphenated.

  4. blowsobs.tumblr.com
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    "Trick or treat" takes hyphens only when it's being used as a verb — no need for 'em in the exclamatory phrase. Dog breeds that aren't derived from proper nouns (e.g., pug, bulldog, rat terrier) are lowercase, and Disney Princess is a trademarked media franchise.

  5. Creative Commons / Phrontis / commons.wikimedia.org
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Names of seasons are always lowercase, as is daylight saving time (*not* savings. I know, right?).

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