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October, 2012

October 31, 2012  12:36 PM

Halloween (or Hallowe’en) history, trivia and a quiz

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
grammar, hyphenation, spelling, spelling holiday names, trivia

Which is correct? _________ is here and you know what that means -- cybercriminals have set up bait sites for SEO poisoning. a....

October 30, 2012  8:16 PM

Should you capitalize “president”?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
capitalization, capitalization and job titles

  Which is correct? The CEO is often the _______ of the company. a. President b. president

October 29, 2012  1:52 PM

What was the first word transmitted on the Internet?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, Quiz, tech writing

The first word transmitted on the Internet, on Oct. 29, 1969, was "lo." The funny thing is, it was accidental. What word did they intend to type?

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October 29, 2012  11:27 AM

Combined words and Lewis Carroll

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, grammar quiz, grammatical terms, Lewis Carroll, word meaning

Which is correct? What do you call words like phablet,  Kinect and electrocute, that are each made up of parts of two words? a. retronyms b. portmanteaus c. anacronyms Bonus questions: What two words are each of those made from? a. phablet = ______ + ________ b....

October 26, 2012  3:03 PM

“myriad” or “a myriad of”?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, Greek, word meanings

  Which is correct? Phablets are among ________ new gadgets introduced in the last few years. a. myriad b. a myriad of

October 24, 2012  1:08 PM

What’s wrong with this sentence?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
dependent clauses, sentence structure, what does this sentence mean?

  What's wrong with this sentence? Windows Server 2012 is the latest version of Windows Server, formerly named Windows Server 8.

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October 22, 2012  8:50 PM

Linkbaiting: The good, the bad, the ugly — and a mystery solved

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
word meanings, writing for business

I was writing about linkbaiting today, the practice of trying to entice readers to link to your content. Of course, the best link bait is good content. But high-quality content is no longer sufficient with the...

October 19, 2012  1:55 PM

“Withold” or “withhold”

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common misspellings, spelling

  Which is correct? Publicly traded companies cannot legally _________ financial results. a. withold b. withhold Continued »

October 17, 2012  2:45 PM

I don’t like it, you don’t like it … but there may be some slight excuse for “decisioning”

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
busines writing, CIO, flamebait, jargon, jargon glossary, non-words, tech writing, verbing

  I'm carrying on from yesterday's post on decisioning, which generated some heated responses. The

October 16, 2012  1:31 PM

Do we really need words like “decisioning”?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, jargon, jargon glossary, verbing, worthless words, writing

  Which is correct? Business activity monitoring provides an immediate real-time monitoring and ____________ capability. a. decisioning b. decision-making

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