Archive for March 4th, 2005

Amazon’s blind spot…

Friday, March 4th, 2005

Can you spot the slight copy editing faux pas here courtesy of Amazon.co.uk in its review of the soundtrack to the film ‘Ray’?

I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and won’t suspect that the choice of words was deliberately tongue in cheek.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Soul and r&b legend Ray Charles may not have lived to see the success of Hollywood’s ultimate tribute to him…

The Commonly Confused Words Test

Friday, March 4th, 2005

Thre’s a ‘commonly confused words’ test over at OKCupid that’s quite interesting. According to the stats I got the highest score so far – but I’m still not happy… Some of the questions are a little confusing (beyond what they’re meant to be) and, I suspect, one or two are badly written and may even be wrong. At the start of the test the creator says it is biased neither towards US nor British spelling – but we don’t just spell words differently, we use them differently too.

Or maybe I’m just a sore loser! (Or should that be ‘soar’ loser?!)

Anyway, it’s a pleasant diversion for ten minutes or so, so check it out! (If only for the ego masage of results like mine below…)

English Genius

You scored 100% Beginner, 93% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 83% Expert!

You did so extremely well, even I can’t find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don’t. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you’re not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!