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.
Challenge One: match the characters to the names.
A ÷ B ⁂ C # D « E ‽ F ¶ G / H ❧
Challenge Two: where would you hyphenate the following words?
minute (tick tick, not tiny)
Challenge Three: are you for or against the Oxford comma? «barricades self under desk and refuses to come out»
Drew you in with my ever-so-exciting headline, didn’t I? (Cough.) Not so much.
The Makarios household is submerged at present in a sea of proofreading (hyphenation, overhangs, regional spelling variations, punctuation…) and having tried in vain to turn my mind to writing about something more interesting for you all, I decided that this week we’d have a look at the interesting side of all things proofreadery.
So, to kick things off: which (or possibly what) punctuation mark are you? Here are three sites willing to weigh in with an opinion:
Share your results in the comments! I got comma, comma & em dash. I miss being a semicolon 😦
This week, I am happy to report, I have made a lot of progress. Or at least, it felt like a lot at the time, but doesn’t necessarily look like a lot when considered as part of the whole. Big projects are like that.
Rose quilt: several afternoons and evenings spent on stitching motif to background (in the smoother intervals of the proofreading process)
Curtains: none whatsoever
How are the gargoyles looking in your life? Keep chipping away – you’ll get there in time!