The hyperbole of its name aside, this is a nifty site that recreates the conditions of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Using words from the competition, the game pronounces the word and asks you to type it. It'll even use the word in a sentence

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Here's a few sites where you see if you have a clue about what's happening in the world.

Poynter's online and interactive school, where most courses are free and you can sit where you want - even the back row.

- tagged under: Quizzes, Training

"The company's market value more than quadrupled in fewer than 18 months." See anything wrong? Well, then, head over to this quiz and see if you're good enough to earn a certificate.

Try out the Emergency Grammar System at the University of Oregon. Remember it's only a test. Well, not even a test, really. And it has more than grammar. You'd better see it for yourself.


Like the classic headline on the page at right? That 1935 Variety headline ran above a story by George McCall, who wrote about Joe Kinsky's visit to Hollywood. Kinsky was a theater operator from Davenport, Iowa, who went west to tell producers what sold in rural America. Here's an excerpt exactly as McCall wrote it:

"He did not attempt to tell Hollywood how to make pictures, just tried to tell those he met what was what in his theaters. Patrons like down to earth stories with a minimum of risque subjects thrown in out and out dirt and sophistication are shunned. Too much dialog is the death knell of a feature. His patrons want action of the G-Men and gangster type but all come in cycles and are quickly ready for the embalmer."

And farmers, according to McCall's story, "are not interested in farming pictures, but when a 'State Fair' comes along they pack the theaters. Reason for this, says Kinsky, is that 'State Fair' would be a good story if the locale was a boiler factory. Story counts, despite the names in the cast."

Isn't it great to hear that it's always content that matters?

Enough history. Go try the Challenge!

- tagged under: Headlines, Quizzes, Training
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