Have you ever seen a sign like this and wondered what it meant. Why the quotes? We can assume that the writer is trying to highlight or emphasize "pregnant" as it's serious business not to x-ray a patient who might be pregnant.
However, in American English, quotes around a word are our way of indicating the opposite of the original meaning, sort of like air quotes around a word.
There's a right way to make this sign. What do you think it is?
Recently, the president of the College Board announced that the SATs were changing....again. Gone are the days when high school students tried to covert their 2200 SAT scores to a number the older generation could understand.
While the biggest change is that the scores will once again be out of the ever-familiar 1600-point scale, it's the other changes that will matter most to those first taking the test in the spring of 2016. So what's out and what's in?
Out: A plug-and-chug test that relies on esoteric words and math and writing skills disconnected from what the real world needs.
In: A test that better reflects the skills modern business needs most.
What does all of this mean?
The new SATs are trying to bridge the gap between the best of what the old 2400-point model offered and what the ACT offers. By removing themselves from the antiquated model that essentially asked students to
"learn the test," the College Board is trying to become more relevant.
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