Tuesday November 14, 2006

All Seven?

Pop quiz, hotshot.  Find the glaring error in the publisher's description of Mark Baker's Lexical Categories: Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives:

Mark C. Baker investigates the fundamental nature of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. He claims that the various superficial differences found in particular languages have a single underlying source which can be used to provide better definitions of these "parts of speech". The new definitions are supported by data from languages from every continent. Baker's book argues for a formal, syntax-oriented, and universal approach to the parts of speech, as opposed to the functionalist, semantic, and relativist approaches that have dominated the subject.

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Tuesday September 5, 2006


Pop quiz, hotshot.  In the opening credits for the old Adventures of Superman TV show, is Clark Kent described as:

...mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper...


...mild-mannered reporter for a great Metropolitan newspaper...

You make the call!

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Saturday July 29, 2006

What's the Connection?

Pop quiz, music lovers.  What's the connection between the two New Wave music videos after the jump?

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Thursday March 30, 2006

Pop Quiz, Hotshot!

Name two English verbs that are spelled differently, pronounced the same, both of which have a meaning related to the removal of liquid from the interior of something.  Answer after the jump.

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