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June, 2012


June 14, 2012  7:35 PM

Confusing jargon: Throw it over the wall



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
business jargon, jargon glossary, meanings of common expressions

Can you translate this business jargon? The CEO sent a message to the project manager: "When you get all the i's...

June 14, 2012  12:51 PM

Do you capitalize “the” in publication names?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, capitalization, Chicago Manual of Style, publication names and capitalization, the and capitalization

Which is correct? In ________________, David Segal wrote that his previous column had made readers scrutinize their cell phone bills -- and that many found fraudulent charges: They'd been


June 13, 2012  10:17 AM

What’s the difference between a product and a solution?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
buzzwords, jargon, word meanings

Which is correct? Our anti-virus ____ is available as a separate download. a. product b. solution


June 12, 2012  2:25 PM

Good-bye, good-by, goodbye, goodby?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, hello/goodbye, hyphenation

Which is correct? According to some lexicographers, we may soon be saying ______ to the word hello because so much communication these days is through social networking sites, such as


June 11, 2012  3:16 PM

arrant vs. errant



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misused words, word meanings

Which is correct? Kill switch apps installed on employees' smartphones can allow business owners to disable any ________ devices when they are lost or stolen. a. arrant b. errant


June 8, 2012  11:59 AM

Who vs. whom — for when you can’t avoid it



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
formal writing, incorrection, pronouns, whom

Which is correct? ____ can you trust? Social engineering tactics are so sneaky and phishing attempts are so sophisticated that...


June 7, 2012  10:18 AM

How overcorrection leads to pronoun problems



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
incorrection, overcorrection, personal pronouns, pronoun/noun order, pronouns

Which is correct? "I've saved the folder to Dropbox and will send the link to _________." a. he and Charles b. him and Charles c. Charles and he d. Charles and him


June 6, 2012  12:12 PM

Personal pronouns



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
first person singular, me/myself/I, personal pronouns

Which is correct? "The number of security holes found during the penetration test left _________ shaken." a. the CSO and...


June 5, 2012  12:19 PM

Prefer something to or than something else?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ESL, prefer to or than

Which is correct? I prefer native apps ___ Web apps because they're customized for my


June 4, 2012  1:27 PM

How unique?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
grammar wars, prescriptivism, very unique, word meanings

What's wrong with the following sentence? "Cloud computing poses some very unique security challenges."


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