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April, 2013

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April 23, 2013  10:26 PM

Another thing coming or another think coming?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Anachronisms, archaic words and phrases, commonly misused expressions, OED, The Word Detective

Which is correct? If you think you can rely on Microsoft Word's grammar checker, you've got another _______ coming. a. thing b. think

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April 17, 2013  9:10 PM

Weasel words, euphemisms, and corporate communications



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, corporate communications, weasel words

Which is correct? __________ saved us $750,000 in payroll expenses. a. A headcount reduction b. Layoffs c. Downsizing d. Rightsizing

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April 11, 2013  12:48 PM

Torturous path or tortuous?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, Errors in the media, ESL, word meanings

Which is correct? Poor Apple Maps. It took a ________ path, full of twists and turns that were not adequately described in the directions, ending in firings and apologies. a. torturous b. tortuous


April 5, 2013  11:41 AM

Weasel words and their BFF, the passive voice



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
active voice / passive voice, CIO, weasel words

Occasionally, you want to own up to something without really taking the blame. You want to indicate that you know there's a problem without indicating that you caused it. The passive voice can be very helpful. Here's the classic example: Mistakes were made. You're hoping that will...


April 4, 2013  12:38 PM

Can you figure out what this sentence means? (No, you can’t.)



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, grammatical puzzles, polysemy, word meanings

What does this sentence mean? As a result of the accountant's oversight, the company was sanctioned. a. The company got approval because the accountant missed something. b. The company was penalized because the accountant missed something. c. The company got approval because...


April 3, 2013  11:37 AM

Weasel words: issue



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
business communications, CIO, weasel words

Which is correct? Due to a configuration problem, your email servers are down and users have no access. How should you describe the problem? a. Our email servers are down. b. We are dealing with configuration issues. c. Users are experiencing connectivity issues.


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