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December, 2012


December 21, 2012  10:33 PM

Is the rule changing on “comprised of”?

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  I had a comment, a while back, on this post about "comprised of." The correspondent wrote that, contrary to my conclusion, "comprised of" is acceptable in the UK. I know these things...

December 21, 2012  10:27 PM

Have you heard tell of “hear tell”?

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Have you heard tell of "heard tell"? "Tell" is an archaic word meaning "news." The Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Language offers this example: "Well, my ould man, did'ee see or hear tell...


December 21, 2012  10:15 PM

In regard to or in regards to?

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  Which is correct? In _______ to your meeting request, could we hold off until the first of the year? a. regard b. regards Continued...

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December 21, 2012  2:14 PM

Supposed to or suppose to?

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  Which is correct? I was _______ go to the staff party but, ironically, I had to work late. a. suppose b. supposed Continued »


December 21, 2012  12:15 AM

‘Twas the night before Christmas — or should that be “t’was”?

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  Which is correct? _______ the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. a. 'Twas b. T'was

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December 12, 2012  2:15 AM

Santa Claus’s sleigh or Santa Claus’ sleigh?

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  Which is correct? On December 24th, a lot of children can be found gazing out windows for a glimpse of _________ sleigh. a. Santa Claus' b. Santa Claus's

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December 12, 2012  1:38 AM

Christmas vs. Xmas

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Which is correct? There are a lot of holidays in December, not just ______ but also Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Lunar New Year, Santa Lucia Day and sometimes Ramadan. a. Xmas b. Christmas

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December 11, 2012  4:52 PM

Is that a factoid or a bit of trivia?

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Which is correct? Here's a ___________: The NORAD Santa tracker was developed as a result of a wrong number call to NORAD's commander-in-chief's operations hotline. a. bit of seasonal trivia b. seasonal...


December 10, 2012  5:58 PM

Facts vs. factoids

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Which is correct? A commonly stated ______: Apple's corporate address is 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, Ca. a. factoid b. fact

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December 6, 2012  8:26 PM

Do you use an ampersand in company names? Bonus: The fascinating history of the ampersand

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  Which is correct? __________________ is promoting eBooks as "instant gifts." a. Barnes & Noble b. Barnes and Noble

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