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July 5, 2012  4:51 PM

Is that your conscious or your conscience that’s guilty? Are you self-conscious or self-conscience?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misunderstood phrases

Which is correct?
The former bank technician admitted to the identity theft exploit and said he’d had a guilty ________ about it.
a. conscious
b. conscience

Continued »

July 5, 2012  12:39 PM

lowdown, low down or low-down



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
adjectives, CIO, hyphenation, slang

Which is correct?
Read the FAQ to get the ______ on open source cloud computing.
a. low down
b. lowdown
c. low-down

Continued »


July 4, 2012  1:50 PM

Nice segway — or nice segue?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, eggcorns, funny errors, spelling, word meanings

Which is correct?
Telecom carriers are increasingly making a ______ into cloud services.
a. segway
b. segue

Continued »


July 3, 2012  5:07 PM

Do you capitalize “fourth” in the “fourth of July”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
capitalization, CIO, holiday names

Which is correct?
On the ____________ in 2009, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks targeted United States government websites.
a. Fourth of July

b. fourth of July

Continued »


June 29, 2012  1:16 PM

There’s a little difference between “little” and “a little”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO

Which is correct?
The project manager frowned and said she was _____ worried that scrutiny of the audit trail would uncover serious accounting issues.
a. a little
b. little

Continued »


June 28, 2012  4:03 PM

What’s wrong with this Twitter profile?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
capitalization, CIO, writing errors

Can you identify the main problem in the following Twitter profile?

“Cindy-Loo Who* is an Executive with a passion for Leadership. A Writer, Speaker, Consultant, Coach, Mother, Wife, & seeker of wisdom.”

Continued »


June 27, 2012  3:42 PM

Seldom or seldomly?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Bryan A. Garner, Language Change Index, non-words, seldomly

Which is correct?
I’ve ________ managed to move a hard disk from one computer to another with good results.
a. seldom
b. seldomly

Continued »


June 26, 2012  2:00 PM

Monies, moneys — or just plain old money?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ESL, grammar, large sums of money, moneys, monies, pluralization

Which is correct?
The CFO reported gleefully that corporate ______ available at the end of the fourth quarter were so substantial that she had first thought it was an accounting error.
a. monies
b. moneys
c. money

Continued »


June 25, 2012  12:06 PM

Are you in the throws of despair over misspelled words?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misspelled words, word meanings

Which is correct?
The telecom industry is always in the _____ of transition and now is no exception, with IPv6 and cloud computing changing the landscape.
a. throws
b. throes

Continued »


June 22, 2012  2:46 PM

Pronoun quiz: This time it’s personal



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore

One grammar problem is almost universal: the personal pronoun. No matter what your literacy level, odds are you have the occasional glitch keeping me, myself, I — and all our friends — straight. This 10-question quiz addresses tricky issues in pronoun decisions. Good luck!

1. The CFO and ____ are very optimistic about the potential of Metro Ethernet.
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

2. The CEO announced that “the final decision on cloud implementation is up to the CFO and ____.”
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

3. If a new employee has only worked in a WYSIWYG interface before, _____ may be very confused by the content management application’s HTML window.
a. he
b. she
c. s/he
d. he or she (alternatively, she or he)
e. they
Which is correct?

4. Personality profiling, in theory at least, should ensure that ____ traits are a good fit for a position.
a. one’s
b. ones
Which is correct?

5. ____ can you trust? Social engineering tactics are so sneaky and phishing attempts are so sophisticated that you’re afraid to click a link in an email from your boss or your bank.
a. Who
b. Whom
Which is correct?

6. I’ve saved the folder to Dropbox and will send the link to _________.
a. he and Charles
b. him and Charles
c. Charles and he
d. Charles and him
Which is correct?

7. I requested copies of the marketing report for other team members and ____.
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

8. Widget Company has announced that ________ testing a new scheduling and tracking software application from NDS.
a. it is
b. they are
Which is correct?

9. The number of security holes found during the penetration test left _________ shaken.
a. the CSO and me
b. the CSO and I
c. the CSO and myself
Which is correct?

10. If you have any more questions, just tweet Peggy or ________.
a. me
b. myself
c. I
Which is correct?

How did you do? Really, we’re curious! You can tweet me @tao_of_grammar, or site director Margaret (Peggy) Rouse @WhatIsDotCom.


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