Dang, has it been that long since I got on this page? I’m slipping; the good news is I’m busier, though still not quite busy enough.

Today I want to show you a “spelling test” of sorts. It’s from my old (and now under construction) website at trinwords.com. adapted from something Richard Lederer did many years ago, but is mostly my own creation. See how you do; I may run the answer sheet sometime real soon.

Welcome to the trinGOOD Webkeeping Test Page:

The following is adapted from world-renowned language specialist and best-selling author Richard Lederer‘s “The Write Way (The S.P.E.L.L. Guide to Real-Life Writing)”, co-written by Richard Dowis. It represents a variety of common errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax and usage, the kind which appear every day in American writing, and most especially in Web communication. (I have actually added a couple of items, to deal with some more recent egregious gaffes, now becoming more and more prevalent.)

Anyway, here’s the test:


“I sincerely feel like you students should have passed the test,” lamented the teacher who obviously felt badly about the whole affair. Each student in the class refused to except the fact that they had failed, but the teacher was one of those pedagogues who was a tough grader.

Jack was an obvious choice as class spokesman, although he would of gone along with whomever else was chosen. Mary’s situation was different than Jack. Her class standing was more effected by the grade because she had answered less questions correctly. Trying hard to answer rationally, the reply Mary offered was, “Its not fair! This test is harder and longer than any I have taken. Can you tell us what the test was about and your purpose in giving it?”

The teacher answered, “If I was in you’re place, I too would be upset.” The class was impressed by the teacher trying to explain his position so clearly, nevertheless, it seemed to them that, in their opinion, the teacher should not of taken points off for spelling. An extremely nitpicking approach.

Neither Mary or the other members of the class was in a position to disagree strongly with the teacher, although they could not help but hardly feel that they knew more about fairness than him.

Now that everyone had lain there cards on the table, the teacher preceded to explain how important it was to be experienced and how much the students lacked it. “Please do not imply,” he added, “that its all together easy to insure fairness on tests. My job as a teacher is often alot more harder then your’s as a student. Just between you and I, its pretty tough to balance a test’s measurement of how your understanding what I’m teaching with it’s own value as a teaching tool.”