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July, 2012


July 31, 2012  2:32 PM

Do you use archaic language in your writing? Get it right!

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I was exploring archaic speech and grammar a little bit and stumbled across Dan Tobias' terrific post on archaic English...

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July 31, 2012  2:17 PM

Archaic speech and grammar

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The conversation on Twitter wandered, as it will: @KenCarpenter: I grew up with "AN historic ..." but today's @WSJ has "A historic ..." / Weigh in, please, @editormark @tao_of_grammar @EditorMark:...


July 30, 2012  8:50 PM

ingenuous vs. disingenuous

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Which is correct? The media is being __________ when it follows a vendor's lead and calls a blatant marketing event a "news conference." a. ingenuous b. disingenuous

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July 29, 2012  5:53 PM

Ingenuous or ingenious — what’s the difference?

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Which is correct? The reason spam continues to make money for the people who send it is that a tiny number of recipients are _________ enough to respond to it. The trick is to send out a large enough volume...


July 29, 2012  10:52 AM

Quiz: Commonly confused words

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It's a wonderful thing, in many ways, but the Internet has a lot to answer to in other areas -- grammar not the least of them. We've got eggcorns, words that were created from mistakes, and bizarre misunderstandings that the Web seems to spread, if not actively promote. Can you select the...


July 27, 2012  3:34 PM

What’s the difference between an architecture and an infrastructure?

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Which is correct? In information technology, an ___________ specifies the overall structure, logical components, and the logical interrelationships of an information system. a. architecture b. infrastructure

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July 25, 2012  7:56 PM

Do you double the letter “L” before “ed” or “ing”? It depends.

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Which is correct? The phishing email warned that unless I updated my contact information, my eBay account would be ______________. a. canceled b. cancelled

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July 24, 2012  1:40 PM

Notwithstanding; not withstanding

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Which is correct? Anything Apple is hot, the general hatred for iTunes ______________. a. notwithstanding b. not withstanding

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July 23, 2012  1:12 PM

Don’t use no double negatives incorrectly; don’t never use no triple negatives incorrectly

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Which is correct? Can you show me some of the case studies on results-only work environments (


July 19, 2012  2:14 PM

Writing out adjacent numbers

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Which is correct? The sysadmin had a recurring nightmare -- she had to


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