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July 29, 2012  5:53 PM

Ingenuous or ingenious — what’s the difference?

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Which is correct?
The reason spam continues to make money for the people who send it is that a tiny number of recipients are _________ enough to respond to it. The trick is to send out a large enough volume of spam that if even a tiny fraction of recipients respond, it’s lucrative.
a. ingenuous
b. ingenious
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July 29, 2012  10:52 AM

Quiz: Commonly confused words

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It’s a wonderful thing, in many ways, but the Internet has a lot to answer to in other areas — grammar not the least of them. We’ve got eggcorns, words that were created from mistakes, and bizarre misunderstandings that the Web seems to spread, if not actively promote. Can you select the correct options in this 10-question quiz?

1. Top Security Specialists offers the best in personal service and puts our R&D at your ___________.
a. beck and call
b. beckon call
Which is correct?

2. The fact that the email had been deleted ______ that the evidence contained in it might have been damaging to the defendant.
a. implied
b. inferred
Which is correct?

3. The book “Virtualization for Dummies” provides a ___________ explanation of virtualization that helps readers achieve a basic level of understanding.
a. simplified
b. simplistic
Which is correct?

4. The Singularity is a __________ future point when technology will have advanced beyond our ability to foresee or control its outcomes and the world transformed beyond recognition by the application of superintelligence to humans and/or human problems.
a. theoretical
b. hypothetical
Which is correct?

5. The user-training for the new business intelligence software was extensive, in the hopes that employees would be __________ by the change.
a. unphased
b. unfazed
Which is correct?

6. The colocation service provider promised to deal with all issues _____________.
a. expeditiously
b. expediently
Which is correct?

7. The advance warning of restrictions gave credit card companies __________ to find new ways to gouge consumers.
a. free rein
b. free reign
Which is correct?

8. A manager’s level of emotional intelligence _______ the entire office.
a. effects
b. affects
Which is correct?

9. They felt the report was unclear and requested a new plan defining __________ changes rather than broad, ill-defined goals.
a. substantial
b. substantive
Which is correct?

10. Intravenous systems enable _________ delivery of medication, which is often more beneficial to the patient than the intermittent delivery of oral medications.
a. continuous
b. continual
Which is correct?


July 27, 2012  3:34 PM

What’s the difference between an architecture and an infrastructure?

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Which is correct?
In information technology, an ___________ specifies the overall structure, logical components, and the logical interrelationships of an information system.
a. architecture
b. infrastructure
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July 25, 2012  7:56 PM

Do you double the letter “L” before “ed” or “ing”? It depends.

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Which is correct?
The phishing email warned that unless I updated my contact information, my eBay account would be ______________.
a. canceled
b. cancelled
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July 24, 2012  1:40 PM

Notwithstanding; not withstanding

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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