Are you a punctuation perfectionist?

The acronyms quiz

The acronyms quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not an expert in text messaging. And I’m not a friend of abbreviations and acronyms because they’re not understandable for everyone.

That’s why I was surprised to get 8 out of 12 right (as you can see in the picture above). More luck than judgement perhaps?

If you’re under 30, you might use them a lot. But do you know your acronyms in English?

Do the BBC quiz to find out.

Are you using pseudo-anglicisms?

Pseudo-anglicisms are words that you think are English, but they aren’t. According to this BBC article, foreign languages are full of them.

Germans call a very old car an Oldtimer. It sounds very English, doesn’t it? But it’s not. At least it’s not the word we use for an old car. We call them vintage cars. An oldtimer is an elderly person.

There’sĀ a websiteĀ (link to: http://www.vds-ev.de) that can help us translate these pseudo-anglicisms into German.

I entered the term “public viewing” (which if often used in GermanĀ but doesn’t have the same meaning in English!). The German word is “GroƟbildĆ¼bertragung”. ButĀ I can’t remember when I last heard that word. Can you?