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July, 2012

July 18, 2012  2:10 PM

Old-fashion or old-fashioned?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common grammar errors, common misspellings, compound adjectives, hyphenation, word meanings

Which is correct? We're planning an ___________ Christmas this year. We'll be dining by candlelight --...

July 17, 2012  2:21 PM

The difference between racking your brain and wracking your brain

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, commonly confused words, spelling

typing Which is correct? I've been ______ my brain but I cannot figure out how to get this

July 16, 2012  9:26 AM

Simplified vs. simplistic

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misunderstood terms, word meanings

Which is correct? The book "Virtualization for Dummies" provides a ___________ explanation of...

July 13, 2012  12:33 PM

Is that mortician unkept or unkempt?

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

Which is correct? The interviews were not going well: One _______ search virgin, one mortician. So...

July 12, 2012  4:53 PM

Panaceas for everything!

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misused words, word meanings

What's wrong with the following sentence? Hard drive encryption is not a panacea for all data security problems.

July 11, 2012  12:30 PM

Plural of ellipsis?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
pluralization, punctuation, word meanings

Which is correct? _________ are often used in a

July 10, 2012  12:03 PM

Do you capitalize units of measurement named for people?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
capitalization, scientific terms, units of measurement

Which is correct? The ______  is the International System of Units' (

July 5, 2012  4:51 PM

Is that your conscious or your conscience that’s guilty? Are you self-conscious or self-conscience?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misunderstood phrases

Which is correct? The former bank technician admitted to the identity theft exploit and said he'd had a guilty ________ about it. a....

July 5, 2012  12:39 PM

lowdown, low down or low-down

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
adjectives, CIO, hyphenation, slang

Which is correct? Read the FAQ to get the ______ on open source cloud computing. a. low down b. lowdown c. low-down

July 4, 2012  1:50 PM

Nice segway — or nice segue?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, eggcorns, funny errors, spelling, word meanings

Which is correct? Telecom carriers are increasingly making a ______ into cloud services. a. segway b. segue

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