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September, 2012

September 27, 2012  2:07 PM

There are two ways—and two ways ONLY—that you can correctly refer to yourself as “myself”

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, intensive pronouns, me/myself/I, personal pronouns

Is this sentence grammatically correct? I, myself, would never dream of sharing an offer for a free $250 Walmart gift card on Facebook, but people do it all the time.

September 26, 2012  1:23 PM

“Healthy” vs. “healthful” and the problem of audience standards

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, ESL, grammar wars, health information, health IT, synonyms, word choice

Which is correct? With dinner guests due to arrive within the hour, I started browsing through Pinterest looking for quick and _______ recipes. a. healthful b. healthy

September 25, 2012  2:35 PM

“Inauthentic” or “unauthentic”?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, ESL, spelling

Which is correct? Gray market products are either _________, distributed outside the authorized channels, or both. a. inauthentic b. unauthentic

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September 24, 2012  6:48 PM

It’s Punctuation Day. Here — have some more!

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore

Did you know that September 24th, 2012 is Punctuation Day‽  It's also Bluebird of...

September 24, 2012  1:28 PM

The importance of careful language

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
busines writing, CIO, netiquette

I was surprised, recently, by a message from Donna Morton, an indigenous peoples activist and CEO of the green tech company First Power. Donna was commenting on our use of the word "savage." She said it had...

September 20, 2012  6:29 PM

Grammar Glossary

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct? The phrase "fear, uncertainty and doubt" is an example of: a. an apposition  b. an epenthetic  c. a tricolon Continued »

September 18, 2012  6:14 PM

Writing numbers and numerals: One exception to the rules

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
exceptions to the rule, numbers, numerals

Which is correct? According to Google, ____________ viewers prefer the TrueView skippable ad format to other in-stream video ads. a. eight out of 10 b. eight out of ten c. 8 out of 10

September 17, 2012  1:09 PM

Do respect vs. due respect

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

Which is correct? With all ________ to large vendors, startups and small businesses are more likely to innovate. a. do respect b. due respect

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September 13, 2012  1:55 PM

Eek out vs. eke out

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misspelled words, eggcorns, ESL, meanings of common expressions, word meanings

Which is correct? Data center managers try to maximize energy efficiency to ______ more life from older facilities. a. eek out b. eke out

September 12, 2012  1:57 PM

Wind turban or wind turbine

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misspelled words, eggcorns

Which is correct? The manufacturer's commitment to clean technology is demonstrated through its on-site ___________, waste heat and rainwater collection, recycling and energy-efficient buildings. a....

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