Re: wrote an LPI Level 2 Linux test

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On Tue, Oct 23, 2001 at 11:47:54PM -0400, Gerald Oskoboiny wrote:
> Tonight I wrote a Linux sysadmin certification test [1], in a
> beta exam session that the Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
> was running to test the quality of their exams.

A couple of you have asked about this usage of 'wrote':
no, I didn't help author the test, I just took it.

I wonder if that usage of "wrote" is really a Canadian thing
as you guys suggested, or just something I made up? Or maybe
Yankees are just easily confused ;)

hmm... looks like it is indeed a Canadian thing:
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22wrote+a+test%22+students&num=50

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Re: wrote an LPI Level 2 Linux test

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At 10:38 PM 10/24/2001 -0400, Gerald Oskoboiny wrote:
>On Tue, Oct 23, 2001 at 11:47:54PM -0400, Gerald Oskoboiny wrote:
>> Tonight I wrote a Linux sysadmin certification test [1], in a
>> beta exam session that the Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
>> was running to test the quality of their exams.
>
>A couple of you have asked about this usage of 'wrote':
>no, I didn't help author the test, I just took it.

I had the same question as I read the beginning of your
message, but the remainder cleared it up for me.

I have heard another North American use the term
'challenge'  in a similar way; i.e. they would say
"Tonight I challenged a Linux sysadmin certification test."

When I first heard this it made no sense to me, so I asked what he
meant.  The answer was "I took the test without taking the course
first."   In other words, he paid the fee to take the exam but saved
the actual course fee.  That example made possible my mental
translation from CanEnglish to MITEnglish ;)

>I wonder if that usage of "wrote" is really a Canadian thing
>as you guys suggested, or just something I made up? Or maybe
>Yankees are just easily confused ;)

The disjunction is not needed.  You could have made it up,
in which case the first condition also holds.  And I know
*I'm* easily confused;

>hmm... looks like it is indeed a Canadian thing:
>http://www.google.com/search?q=%22wrote+a+test%22+students&num=50

Astonishing that there are a few queries left that don't return
impressive.net early in the rankings.  You must have made
it up while working under an alias ;)

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