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January 28, 2014  12:44 PM

Redundant pleonasms, with an extra bonus

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What’s wrong with this sentence?

interrobang Because the customer had a past history of viruses and worms, I suspected that the current problem was another malware infection.

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January 16, 2014  11:28 AM

Is it “all be it” or “albeit”?

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Which is correct?

interrobang Leet is a simple kind of code that’s human-readable — ______ with some difficulty — but more problematic for a computer to decode.
a. all be it
b. albeit

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December 5, 2013  12:03 PM

What’s the past tense of spin — spinned, span or spun?

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Which is correct?

interrobang After that unfortunate incident at the holiday party, he went immediately into reputation management mode. But no matter how he ______ it, he still came out looking like a jerk.
a. spinned
b. span
c. spun

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December 3, 2013  1:24 PM

“Ass” as an intensifier and why we need hyphens: big ass pizza

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Which is correct?

interrobang Drop down to the lounge at four – to celebrate the end of a very successful fiscal quarter, we’re treating your team to a case of beer and a ______________________.
a. big-ass pizza
b. big ass pizza

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November 24, 2013  11:38 PM

Is it inethical or unethical?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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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