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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

New poll

There is a new poll to test some wordings to see if they sound like proper English to you. The new poll is in the right margin of this blog page, under the verses of the day. The new poll has a silver (or gray) background. Define "proper English" any way that you wish, as long as your definition covers what you would consider good quality literary English, as it would be written by good English authors today.

Read each sentence carefully, then think about how it sounds to you, whether or not it sounds like it is properly worded in English. If it sounds good to you, put a mark in the box next to it.

Have fun!

P.S. This poll is directly relevant to English Bible translation issues, so your answers are a help to English Bible translators.

3 Comments:

At Tue May 17, 02:36:00 PM, Blogger Paul Schafer said...

I picked.


x The righteous are bold as a lion.

They drop trouble upon me.

x Wisdom is better than jewels.

x The wicked is a ransom for the righteous.

Jerusalem's people are a gladness.

x Rebuke me not in your anger.

I will send and bring you from there.

If you are wise, you are wise for yourself.

Disaster from them will rise suddenly.

Let not oil be lacking on your head.

 
At Wed May 18, 12:12:00 PM, Blogger Phil (Col 1:27-28) said...

Wayne, I finally discovered your comment on my article on the ESV. I have written you an answer of sorts but I am aware that isn't as I would have it. My HaloScan doens't let me know when I get a comment posted, and I rarely look back over past articles so I am sorry that it has taken this long to respond. I just read it a little while ago.

Blessings in Christ Jesus!

 
At Thu May 19, 03:54:00 AM, Blogger Trevor Jenkins said...

Interesting survery (as usual). However, I found a bug in the software it wouldn't let me not select anything. In the end had resort to selecting one that was almost English.

 

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