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November 24, 2013  11:38 PM

Is it inethical or unethical?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Google poll, prefixes

Which is correct?

interrobang Be careful out there on Black Friday, and Cyber Monday too — _____ retailers will be pulling out the old bait and switch gag.
a. inethical
b. unethical

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November 21, 2013  8:28 PM

If you’re anxiously awaiting something, what kind of hooks are you on, tender or tenter?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
eggcorns, ESL, meanings of common expressions

Which is correct?

interrobang As the festive season — and the end of the fiscal year — approaches, we are all on _________  waiting to hear whether the 2014 budget has been approved.

a. tenterhooks

b. tenderhooks

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November 19, 2013  2:22 PM

Nail it vs. hit it on the head vs. nail it on the head



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ESL, expressions to avoid, malaphors, malapropisms, meanings of common expressions

Which is correct?

interrobang The Agile Manifesto _______________: Collaboration should be more important than contract negotiation.
a. nailed it
b. hit the nail on the head
c. hit the nose on the head
d. nailed it on the head

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November 15, 2013  11:45 AM

How to tell your -ables from your -ibles: Admissible or admissable?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
adjectives, ESL, suffixes

Which is correct?

interrobang According to the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine, evidence discovered indirectly as a result of an illegal method is not ______________.
a. admissible
b. admissable

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November 7, 2013  10:24 PM

Off vs. off of



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
grammar myths, grammar rules you can break, grammar wars, prepositions


interrobang Which is correct?
There are a number of methods you can use to capture VoIP calls ___ a LAN.
a. off
b. off of

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November 1, 2013  11:34 AM

Can you squash a rumor — or only beer cans and bugs?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misused words, ESL, word meanings

Which is correct?

interrobang Lenovo recently ________ rumors of a BlackBerry takeover; now there’s speculation that Facebook might buy it.
a. quashed
b. squashed

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October 17, 2013  5:11 PM

Sock puppets, sock puppetry and Internet shills: Misinformation vs. disinformation



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, word meanings

Which is correct?

interrobang I was annoyed when my friend shared the Facebook post about the dangers of microwave ovens but he didn’t know any better. It was just a case of __________.  a. misinformation
b. disinformation

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October 10, 2013  12:12 PM

Crisis, crises, crisies



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
irregular plurals, pluralization, spelling

Which is correct?

interrobang When Ben Franklin said nothing is certain but death and taxes, he could have added one more sure thing: We can be certain there will be at least a few ______ in our lives.a. crisises
b. crises
c. crisies

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September 23, 2013  7:25 PM

Or, nor and subject-verb agreement



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
compound subjects, subject-verb agreement

Which is correct?

interrobang Sometimes Perl or Python ____ used instead of PHP.

a. is
b. are 

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August 20, 2013  7:06 PM

Bury the lede or bury the lead — and what does it mean, anyway?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic words and phrases, CIO, meanings of common expressions, spelling, word meanings

Which is correct?

interrobang Get the earth-shattering news out first — don’t bury the ___.a. lede
b. lead 

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