Daily Archives: 25 May 2007

A short quiz for reporters and sub-editors

The following is a brief quiz on language and style for reporters, sub-editors, and those who are applied for those jobs. Each question carries one mark.

a) What does it mean when a student is said to achieve “negative deficiency”?

b) What happens when you reach a “suboptimal outcome”?

c) What is a “hull loss”?

d) Who is an “access controller” and who is the “director of first impressions”?

e) What is a “thermal therapy unit”?

Write a short note on:

“The move from a structuralist account . . . marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony…”

Answers available from John Leo: Some thoughts on writing well

Additional thoughts on the subject from George Orwell