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This Quiz All About Food Will Test Your Spelling And Punctuation Knowledge

A quiz from the BuzzFeed copydesk to whet your appetite — for delicious food and proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation! (All answers based on BuzzFeed style and Merriam Webster online.)

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  1. We're having a Memorial Day BBQ, and there'll be hotdogs, veggie dogs, and booze galore.

    What's wrong with this sentence?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Nothing! Correct as is.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    <i>Hot dogs </i>should be two words.<br>
    Correct
    Incorrect
    It's <i>Memorial day</i> with a lowercase "d."
    Correct
    Incorrect
    <i>There'll</i> isn't a real word.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Hot dogs = two words.

    According to most standard dictionaries, anyway!

    Hot dogs = two words. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Via NBC
  2. &nbsp;I tried the new Taco Bell Naked Chicken Chips, and honestly? I'm obsessed.

    What's wrong with this sentence?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Nothing! Correct as is.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    It's incorrectly punctuated.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The item should be styled as <i>naked chicken chips,</i>&nbsp;<br>all lowercase<i>.</i>
    Correct
    Incorrect
    <i>TacoBell </i>should be one word.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is a perfectly correct sentence as is!

    Because the Naked Chicken Chips are a branded item — as opposed to, say, a generic item like chicken nuggets — we'd initial-capitalize.

    This is a perfectly correct sentence as is!
    Via Kevin Smith / BuzzFeed
  3. My three favorite cheeses are Asiago, Brie, and mozzarella.

    What's wrong with this sentence?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Nothing! Correct as is.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    <i>Mozzarella</i> should be capitalized.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    <i>Brie</i> should be lowercased.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The plural of <i>cheese</i>&nbsp;is <i>cheese</i>&nbsp;(not <i>cheeses</i>).
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is a perfectly correct sentence as is!

    Figuring out which cheeses are capitalized can be tricky, but generally if it derives from a proper noun (like a city or a person's name), a cheese is capitalized. When in doubt, check m-w.com or the BuzzFeed Style Guide for guidance.

    This is a perfectly correct sentence as is! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Via NBC
  4. I grabbed a Venti Latte from Starbucks and a burger from my favorite fast-food truck.

    What's wrong with this sentence?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Nothing! Correct as is.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    <i>Fast food</i> doesn't need a hyphen here.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    <i>Venti</i> and <i>latte</i> should both be lowercase.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    <i>Latte</i> should be lowercase.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both "venti" and "latte" should be lowercased.

    A latte is a generic drink, so no need to capitalize; and per BuzzFeed style, Starbucks cup sizes (i.e., tall, grande, venti, and trenta) are lowercased. Hyphenating "fast-food" is a style call, but to differentiate the truck in question from a food truck traveling at high speed, BuzzFeed style is to use a hyphen when it functions as an adjective.

    Both "venti" and "latte" should be lowercased. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Via Comedy Central
  5. I have all the ingredients except for a few: Worcestershire sauce, Whiskey, and sriracha.&nbsp;

    What's wrong with this sentence?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Nothing! Correct as is.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    This is punctuated incorrectly.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    <i>Worcestershire</i>&nbsp;<br>is spelled incorrectly.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    <i>Whiskey</i>&nbsp;should take a lowercase "w" and&nbsp;<i>Sriracha</i> a capital "S."
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Whiskey should take a lowercase "w" and Sriracha a capital "S."

    Whiskey is a generic name for the spirit and should be lowercased; Sriracha is a brand name for what's also known as "rooster sauce."

    Whiskey should take a lowercase "w" and Sriracha a capital "S." Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Via SrirachaMovie.com

Thumbnail image: © BrokenSphere / Wiki Commons.

 
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