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July 24, 2012  1:40 PM

Notwithstanding; not withstanding



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
compound words, legal words and phrases, one word or two, word meanings

Which is correct?
Anything Apple is hot, the general hatred for iTunes ______________.
a. notwithstanding
b. not withstanding
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July 23, 2012  1:12 PM

Don’t use no double negatives incorrectly; don’t never use no triple negatives incorrectly



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
double negatives, grammar rules you can break, non-standard grammar
Which is correct?
Can you show me some of the case studies on results-only work environments (ROWE)? You haven’t sold me yet but I’m ___________.
a. interested
b. not uninterested

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July 19, 2012  2:14 PM

Writing out adjacent numbers



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
numbers, numerals
Which is correct?
The sysadmin had a recurring nightmare — she had to patch 473 _________ laptops manually. In an hour.
a. 15-year-old
b. fifteen-year-old

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July 18, 2012  2:10 PM

Old-fashion or old-fashioned?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common grammar errors, common misspellings, compound adjectives, hyphenation, word meanings
Which is correct?
We’re planning an ___________ Christmas this year. We’ll be dining by candlelight — and banning iPhones at the table .
a. old-fashion
b. old-fashioned

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July 17, 2012  2:21 PM

The difference between racking your brain and wracking your brain



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, commonly confused words, spelling
typing Which is correct?
I’ve been ______ my brain but I cannot figure out how to get this script  to run. Can you have a look at it?
a. wracking
b. racking

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July 16, 2012  9:26 AM

Simplified vs. simplistic



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misunderstood terms, word meanings
Which is correct?
The book “Virtualization for Dummies” provides a ___________ explanation of virtualization that helps readers achieve a basic level of understanding.
a. simplified
b. simplistic

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July 13, 2012  12:33 PM

Is that mortician unkept or unkempt?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, word meanings
Which is correct?
The interviews were not going well: One _______ search virgin, one mortician. So far, no purple squirrel.
a. unkempt
b. unkept

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July 12, 2012  4:53 PM

Panaceas for everything!



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misused words, word meanings

What’s wrong with the following sentence?

Hard drive encryption is not a panacea for all data security problems.

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July 11, 2012  12:30 PM

Plural of ellipsis?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
pluralization, punctuation, word meanings
Which is correct?
_________ are often used in a taskbar or a browser tab to indicate longer titles than will fit.
a. ellipses
b. ellipsis
c. ellipsises

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July 10, 2012  12:03 PM

Do you capitalize units of measurement named for people?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
capitalization, scientific terms, units of measurement
Which is correct?
The ______  is the International System of Units’ (SI) standard unit of power. It’s named for James Watt, a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer who developed the idea of horsepower.
a. Watt
b. watt

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