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July 13, 2012  12:33 PM

Is that mortician unkept or unkempt?

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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!

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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?

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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?

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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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July 5, 2012  4:51 PM

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

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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

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July 5, 2012  12:39 PM

lowdown, low down or low-down

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

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July 4, 2012  1:50 PM

Nice segway — or nice segue?

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

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July 3, 2012  5:07 PM

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

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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

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June 29, 2012  1:16 PM

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

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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

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June 28, 2012  4:03 PM

What’s wrong with this Twitter profile?

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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.”

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