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November 20, 2012  1:30 PM

Workout vs. work out



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, compound words, one word or two

 

Which is correct?
I never take my iPhone to the gym when I go to _________ because things often go missing from the lockers.
a. work out
b. workout

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November 19, 2012  3:09 PM

Oneself or one’s self?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
busines writing, CIO, Twitter, word meanings

 

Which is correct?
Twitter tip: Don’t call yourself by name in your profile bio, use “I” or “me” instead. Speaking about _________ in the third person sounds pretentious and psychologically unstable.
a. one’s self
b. oneself

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November 14, 2012  11:22 PM

Not that big a deal / not that big of a deal



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common grammar errors, common writing errors

Which is correct?
People who think mobile security is ______________ could be in for a rude awakening.

a. not that big a deal
b. not that big of a deal

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November 11, 2012  7:22 PM

Whoa or woah?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, word meanings

Which is correct?
_____ Over 25 percent of the time, this word is misspelled online.

a. Whoa!
b. Woah!

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November 9, 2012  1:17 PM

Hawk or hock?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, homophones

Which is correct?
An increasing number of lawyers are ________ compliance products.

a. hocking
b. hawking

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November 8, 2012  1:27 PM

Overnegation: Double negatives make a positive



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common sentence errors, overnegation

What does this sentence mean?
It’s unlikely that the software will never be standardized.

a. The software is likely to be standardized.
b. The software is not likely to be standardized.

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November 7, 2012  11:40 AM

Which is larger: a 180 degree change or a 360 degree change?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused terms, commonly misunderstood phrases

Which is correct?
IT consumerization represents a _______ change in the flow of technology innovation — a complete reversal of the way it used to go.
a. 180 degree
b. 360 degree
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November 5, 2012  7:45 PM

How is “RFID” pronounced?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
a or an, abbreviations, acronyms and initialisms, acronyms and prepositions

Which is correct?
An enhanced driver’s license contains _______ that allows authorities to pull up your data.
a. a RFID tag
b. an RFID tag
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November 3, 2012  2:28 PM

To whit or to wit?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, word meaning

Which is correct?
According to Peter Cohan, there are six reasons Facebook stock is only worth $7, _____: competing objectives, slowing growth, conflicted ownership structure, weak monetization, lack of user privacy and overvalued shares.
a. to wit
b. to whit
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November 2, 2012  12:53 PM

Disinterested or uninterested?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
grammar wars, tricky grammar questions, word choice, word meanings

 
Which is correct?
According to some critics, Google is _________ in fixing YouTube flaws.
a. uninterested
b. disinterested
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