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Word Police by Barbara Wallraff
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Do you have what it takes to be a Word Police officer?

The Word Police are looking for a few good people. As a certified Word Police officer, you will be entitled to issue Grammar Citations when you see or hear crimes against the language. To be inducted into the force, you must pass a Word Police Academy exam.

The Word Police Force has many divisions and squads. An officer admitted to any squad or division of the Word Police will earn a certificate from the Word Police Academy and be empowered to issue Grammar Citations. Men and women (we are an equal-opportunity employer) who have already been admitted to the Word Police Force may return to this page regularly to take additional exams and earn certificates for other divisions and squads of the Word Police.

If you are ready to take the latest entrance exam, click on the button below. (Before you take such a momentous step, however, we encourage you to look at a sample exam, to get a feel for the kinds of questions you will be asked.) To find other exams, visit the Word Police Index. Proceed to the entrance exam

Word CourtRead about the Word Police training manual, Word Court, by Word Police Commissioner Barbara Wallraff, who also serves as an Atlantic Monthly contributing editor and as Word Court's judge. "If I were a word," says Roy Blount Jr., "I would want Judge Wallraff: fair, firm, clear, tolerant within reason, and a lot of fun to be in court with."

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