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February 20, 2013  10:26 PM

Metaphors, malaphors and Yogi Berra



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, funny errors, word meanings

Malaphor is not a word yet but it's a useful term that may yet get there. The term itself is a portmanteau -- a word combined from parts of two other words -- of malapropism and metaphor. Lawrence Harrison coined malaphor, back in August of 1976, in a Op Ed piece in the...

February 19, 2013  12:50 PM

The difference between “aw” and “awe”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misspelled words, ESL, parts of speech, Paul Brians, spelling

Which is correct? I liked the photo of my friend's new puppy and commented "____, what a cutie! But why did you name him Puddles?" a. Aw b. Awe


February 15, 2013  5:01 PM

illeism, nosism and other affectations



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Affectations, plurals, word meanings

Which is correct? If you are prone to nosism, what do you have a tendency to do? a. Intentionally disobey grammar rules b. Look down on people with poor grammar c. Speak of yourself as plural d. Speak of yourself in the third person e. Supply vague answers to questions


February 13, 2013  2:01 PM

Is the expression “one and the same” or “one in the same”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misunderstood phrases, commonly misused expressions, ESL, Paul Brians

Which is correct? Microsoft’s approach with Windows 8 is that tablets and PCs are ____________: same interface, same apps, same...


February 11, 2013  1:03 PM

Is Times New Roman a font or a fount? It depends.



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
spelling, US vs. UK spelling

Which is correct? A _____ is a set of printable or displayable text characters in a specific style and...


February 7, 2013  5:25 PM

Font of wisdom or fount of wisdom?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic words and phrases, commonly confused words, Latin, meanings of common expressions, metaphors

Which is correct? Once upon a time, the CIO was considered the ____ of all wisdom, at least in terms of technology. a. fount b. font


February 6, 2013  8:10 PM

What’s a malapropism?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, types of errors, word meanings

A malapropism is the use of a mistaken word that bears some resemblance to the correct one, usually to comic effect.  Not quite as similar to the correct word as an eggcorn, which is a wrong word that sounds the same or almost the same as the word it replaces, a malapropism usually has the same...


February 5, 2013  5:28 PM

What does “illeism” mean?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
word meanings, writing, writing for business

Which is correct? If you are prone to illeism, what do you have a tendency to do? a. Intentionally disobey grammar rules b. Speak of yourself in the third person c. Supply vague answers to questions


February 5, 2013  12:30 PM

Bona fide vs. bonified: Surprise! “Bonified” is a word .



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic words and phrases, common misspellings, commonly confused terms, Latin phrases, legal words and phrases

Which is correct? Amid all the vendor hype, it's hard to understand the ________ benefits of cloud computing. a. bona fide b. bonified


February 1, 2013  1:43 PM

appropriate vs. expropriate



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, word choice, word meanings

Which is correct? I just have one question, before we adjourn: Who ____________ the X-Box from the lounge? a. appropriated b. expropriated

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