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January, 2013

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January 21, 2013  10:22 PM

Do you reap what you sow or what you sew?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct? Microsoft has often been accused of ______ FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) to keep customers leery of switching to competitor's products. a. sowing b. sewing

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January 16, 2013  7:56 PM

Most stupid or stupidest? Rules, and exceptions to them, for comparatives and superlatives

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Which is correct? Some human engineering efforts are so blatant that they fool only the ________ end users. a. most stupid b. stupidest

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January 14, 2013  9:26 PM

Wow! That word is older than you’d think.

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How old would you guess the word "wow" to be? a. 100 years old b. 200 years old c. 300 years old d. 400 years old e. 500 years old Continued...

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January 11, 2013  1:24 PM

Calfs vs. calves; wifes vs. wives; roofs vs. rooves

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Which is correct? Because black absorbs light (which equates to heat) and white reflects it, white is a better option for data center _____. a. roofs b. rooves Answer: Either, depending on where you are. Explanation: In the U.S.,...


January 10, 2013  8:56 PM

Should you find an alternative to “due to”?

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  Which is correct? Most major security breaches ____________ human error. a. can be attributed to b. are due to

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January 9, 2013  9:32 PM

More on positive “anymore”

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Yesterday I was writing about the use of anymore in positive constructions, as in "I write about grammar anymore." The responses to that...


January 8, 2013  9:08 PM

Is it OK to use “anymore” other than in negative constructions? I’m not positive anymore.

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  Which is correct? I take pictures with my smartphone more often than my camera _________. a. these days b. anymore

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January 7, 2013  5:35 PM

Is that “brand-new” or “bran-new”? And why do we say it, anyway?

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  Which is correct? If you're designing a ________ data center, green tech should be a priority. a. brand-new b....


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