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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.)

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  1. Creative Commons / Danielle Scott / commons.wikimedia.org
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    It's time for pumpkin-flavored everything, from beer to waffles to tortilla chips. (Seriously, tortilla chips?)
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    It's time for pumpkin-flavored everything, from beer to waffles to tortilla chips. (Seriously, tortilla chips)?
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    It's time for pumpkin flavored everything, from beer to waffles to tortilla chips. (Seriously, tortilla chips?)
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    It's time for pumpkin flavored everything, from beer to waffles to tortilla chips. (Seriously, tortilla chips)?
    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
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    Pick up a Pumpkin Spice Latte and slip on some UGGs!
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    Pick up a pumpkin spice latte and slip on some UGGs!
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    Pick up a pumpkin spice latte and slip on some Uggs!
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    Pick up a Pumpkin Spice Latte and slip on some Uggs!
    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
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    I bought a shark shaped pencil pouch during my back-to-school shopping spree.
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    I bought a shark shaped pencil pouch during my back to school shopping spree.
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    I bought a shark-shaped pencil-pouch during my back-to-school shopping spree.
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    I bought a shark-shaped pencil pouch during my back-to-school shopping spree.
    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
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    Trick or treat! I'm dressing my pug as a Disney Princess for Halloween.
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    Trick-or-treat! I'm dressing my Pug as a Disney Princess for Halloween.
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    Trick or treat! I'm dressing my Pug as a Disney princess for Halloween.
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    Trick-or-treat! I'm dressing my pug as a Disney Princess for Halloween.
    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
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    The only thing I hate about Fall is the end of daylight saving time.
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    The only thing I hate about Fall is the end of Daylight Savings Time.
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    The only thing I hate about fall is the end of Daylight Savings Time.
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    The only thing I hate about fall is the end of daylight saving time.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

 
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