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Never Let a Referee Do a Writer/Editor’s Job


One of my many side jobs is officiating high school sports, including volleyball. One thing I must do to be certified is pass a pre-test.

My referee unit’s instructional chairperson created the 100-question pre-test (also known as a study guide). I passed with a 95 (percent), but question 12 did not escape me.

It asked: “Which of the following is not considered a team member?” Answer D read, “Media personal.”

Of course, he meant personnel, “a body of persons employed in an organization or place of work.”

But here’s the interesting part. A usage note appeared on dictionary.com that said “can be confused with personal” (bold added).

I’ve never confused the two words, and until this pre-test, I had never seen anyone else.

Incidentally, D was the correct answer. Spelling apparently didn’t count.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

 

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July 25, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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