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October 11, 2012  8:14 PM

“Sceptical” or “skeptical”?

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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…

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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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September 27, 2012  2:07 PM

There are two ways—and two ways ONLY—that you can correctly refer to yourself as “myself”

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Is this sentence grammatically correct?
I, myself, would never dream of sharing an offer for a free $250 Walmart gift card on Facebook, but people do it all the time.

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September 26, 2012  1:23 PM

“Healthy” vs. “healthful” and the problem of audience standards

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Which is correct?
With dinner guests due to arrive within the hour, I started browsing through Pinterest looking for quick and _______ recipes.
a. healthful
b. healthy

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September 25, 2012  2:35 PM

“Inauthentic” or “unauthentic”?

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Which is correct?
Gray market products are either _________, distributed outside the authorized channels, or both.
a. inauthentic
b. unauthentic

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