A couple of quizzes to make the week go a little faster:
1. Baltimore Sun editor John McIntyre challenges readers to supply the copy-desk jargon that completes a series of hypothetical newspaper headlines. Example: SOLONS SLATE PARLEY, the title of McIntyre's post. As every headline-writer knows, it means "Legislators Schedule Meeting." My own headline-writing heyday was many years ago, so I got only about half of the correct answers. (Like a couple of commenters, I thought one of the fill-ins should be nixes.) There's a great example of headlinese in one of the comments: Tabs in Tiff Over Liz Pix. If you can translate that without cheating, you're slot material.
2. This one sounds easier, but don't be fooled: it's tough. In just five minutes, enter the 100 most common words in the English language. Tip: only seven of the hundred have more than one syllable. I scored 50 percent, and don't scoff until you've tried it yourself. Language Hat got only 47 correct answers. Verbatim got 61.