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October 16, 2012  1:31 PM

Do we really need words like “decisioning”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, jargon, jargon glossary, verbing, worthless words, writing

 

Which is correct?
Business activity monitoring provides an immediate real-time monitoring and ____________ capability.
a. decisioning
b. decision-making

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October 15, 2012  3:26 PM

“Us chickens” or “we chickens”? It depends on the case.



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common grammar errors, commonly misused words, fast guide, overcorrection, personal pronouns, pronouns

 

Which is correct?
The bring your own device (BYOD) policy is popular with employees but it really puts a strain on __ help desk jockeys.
a. us
b. we

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October 12, 2012  6:04 PM

Could care less or couldn’t care less?



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
CIO

Which is correct?

I’d like to use responsive design to make sure our site renders well on mobile devices, but our lead developer ______________________.
a. could care less
b. couldn’t care less

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October 11, 2012  8:14 PM

“Sceptical” or “skeptical”?



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

Which is correct?
Responding to rumors that attackers were planning a massive cyber attack, security experts remained ________ of the potential of such an attack to cripple the Internet.
a. skeptical
b. sceptical

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October 9, 2012  7:14 PM

The difference between “someday” and “some day”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common misspellings, commonly confused words, one word or two, spelling, the difference between

Which is correct?
The message from human resources asked if she could come for an interview __________ next week.
a. someday
b. some day

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October 5, 2012  10:55 AM

Splitting infinitives and changing rules



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
grammar, grammar myths, grammar rules you can break, grammar wars

Which is preferable?
1. To reduce its vulnerability, the government planned to gradually reduce its number of Internet connections.
2. To reduce its vulnerability, the government planned to reduce its number of Internet connections gradually.

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October 4, 2012  2:24 PM

The “so-called” problem



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ambiguity, expressions to avoid, word choice

Which is preferable?
1. Encryption is the conversion of data into so-called ciphertext, which cannot be easily understood by unauthorized people.

2. Encryption is the conversion of data into a form called ciphertext, which cannot be easily understood by unauthorized people.

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October 3, 2012  1:22 PM

Em dashes and spaces: AP vs. Chicago



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, AP vs. Chicago style, Chicago style, punctuation

I’m taking another run at yesterday’s Q&A. I was apparently wrong about being wrong. I’d been using em dashes correctly all along, if only by accident, since we loosely follow AP style on WhatIs.com. All right … here it goes again. (Pls. note correct AP-style ellipsis. YES — I learned something else already today!)

Which is correct?
1. Vendors—including Apple, Google and Microsoft—all have their own versions of auto-correct programs and, as a result, their own particular auto-correct fails.

2. Vendors — including Apple, Google and Microsoft — usually have their own versions of auto-correct programs and, as a result, their own particular auto-correct fails.

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October 2, 2012  9:03 PM

Do you put spaces around em dashes?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
busines writing, em dashes, punctuation

Which is correct?
1. Vendors—including Apple, Google and Microsoft—all have their own versions of auto-correct programs and, as a result, their own particular auto-correct fails.

2. Vendors — including Apple, Google and Microsoft — usually have their own versions of auto-correct programs and, as a result, their own particular auto-correct fails.

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October 1, 2012  1:48 PM

“As good or better than” is as bad as, if not worse than…



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, idioms, parallel structure, Strunk and White

Which is correct?
1. His response time for trouble tickets is as good, or better, than ever.
2. His response time for trouble tickets is as good as, or better than, ever.
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