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September 10, 2012  2:05 PM

“augurs well” vs. “all goes well”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misunderstood terms, commonly misused expressions, eggcorns

Which is correct?
The percentages of salary raises in the industry __________ for IT employment prospects.
a. augurs well
b. all goes well
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August 31, 2012  1:22 PM

The difference between “dependent” and “dependant”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common misspellings, commonly confused words, ESL, the difference between, word meanings

Which is correct?
The ________ variable is what is being measured in an experiment.

a. dependent
b. dependant

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August 29, 2012  12:27 PM

Sometimes the best edit is a rewrite



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
editing, ESL, pronoun/noun order, pronouns

Which is correct?
I’d like to offer __________ to manage the project.

a. myself and Bob
b. Bob and myself
c. neither of the above

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August 28, 2012  10:37 AM

Punctuation matters: What does this sentence mean?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commas, punctuation

What does this sentence mean?
Happy birthday to Besse Cooper, the world’s oldest person who turned 116 today.

a. It’s a birthday greeting for Besse Cooper. She is the oldest person in the world and she turned 116 today.
b. It’s a birthday greeting for Besse Cooper. She is the oldest person in the world and she is the eldest of some unspecified number of people who all turned 116 today.

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August 27, 2012  2:19 PM

The difference between “though” and “although”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Formal vs. informal writing, formal writing, the difference between, word meanings

Which is correct?
A botnet is a group of computers organized to distribute spam or malware — _________ the owners are typically unaware of the fact.

a. though
b. although
c. even though
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August 24, 2012  2:04 PM

Was that a worldwind or a whirlwind?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
auto (in)correct, commonly confused words, eggcorns, funny errors

Which is correct?
Novell went on a three-week _______ tour promoting SUSE Linux Enterprise.
a. whirlwind
b. worldwind
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August 23, 2012  12:07 PM

The irony of using quotation marks for emphasis



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common grammar errors, quotation marks, quotation marks and punctuation, when to set off words with quotation marks

Which would you use to advertise a sale?
a. “Excellent” deals on new and used iPhones!
b. Excellent deals on new and used iPhones!
c. Excellent deals on new and used iPhones!
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August 22, 2012  1:11 PM

The difference between colons and semicolons



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
advanced punctuation, colons, colons and semicolons, punctuation

Which is correct?
The point of disaster recovery is the same for both large enterprises and _________ need to stay in business.
a. SMBs: They
b. SMBs; they
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August 21, 2012  2:11 PM

Sneaked or snuck?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, CIO, grammar wars, non-standard grammar, verb tense, verbs

Which is correct?
I’m cleaning up my Facebook account, unfriending people I don’t know and the ones I wish I didn’t know that have somehow ______ in.
a. snuck
b. sneaked
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August 20, 2012  1:56 PM

The difference between irony and sarcasm



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, irony, sarcasm

Which is correct?

Dear Mr. Gates:

I’d like to offer my congratulations on the Vista operating system, which has delighted both end users and tech support staff throughout my company and, dare I say, the world.

Yes, as you may recognize, I’m being _______.  I’m writing to say that I’m breaking up with you.

Sincerely,

New Linux lover

a. ironic
b. sarcastic
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