Proofreading Fun

Are you ready for some good clean proofreading-related fun? I thought as much.
Here are three challenges for you to whet your wits upon. Put your answer in the comments, and I’ll release the correct answers in due course.

Disclaimer: one part of one of these challenges (and no, I’m not telling you which) is something of a trick question. One of the other challenges may not even have a correct answer, but may result in injury, maiming or death. You can’t say I didn’t warn you.

Gun panda

Challenge One: match the characters to the names.
1 guillemet
2 interrobang
3 obelus
4 pilcrow
5 asterism
6 solidus
7 hedera
8 octothorpe

A ÷   B ⁂   C #   D «   E ‽   F ¶   G /   H ❧

Challenge Two: where would you hyphenate the following words?
minute (tick tick, not tiny)

Battle between the imperial and the revolutionary army Wellcome L0040011
Challenge Three: are you for or against the Oxford comma? «barricades self under desk and refuses to come out»

5 thoughts on “Proofreading Fun

  1. How fun! Q 1: I knew or could guess 2,5,7, and 8. I cheated and looked up the answers to the others. Q 2: How about bur-ied, can-o-py, guar-dian, sau-teed, start-ling, strength, wheed-ling. Q 3: See above.

  2. The Oxford Comma is a joy forever, if used correctly.
    I am not drawn to those odd punctuation-things, so no comment.
    And finally, but most importantly, hyphenating of words, unless they are obvious two-part words, is a behaviour up with which I will not put. (Why do people not move the whole word down to the next line, if it doesn’t fit on the end of the current line?)

    • Possibly because that will throw the spacing out on justified lines? Nothing as odd as a line with massive gaps between the words.
      On the other hand, if one is writing by hand, it suggests more a lack of foresight than anything. Or possibly a desire to make the greatest possible use of the paper available.

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