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June 14, 2012  7:35 PM

Confusing jargon: Throw it over the wall

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Can you translate this business jargon?
The CEO sent a message to the project manager: “When you get all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed, go ahead and throw that over the wall.”

What did she mean?

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June 14, 2012  12:51 PM

Do you capitalize “the” in publication names?

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Which is correct?

In ________________, David Segal wrote that his previous column had made readers scrutinize their cell phone bills — and that many found fraudulent charges: They’d been crammed.

a. The New York Times
b. the New York Times

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June 13, 2012  10:17 AM

What’s the difference between a product and a solution?

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Which is correct?

Our anti-virus ____ is available as a separate download.

a. product
b. solution

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June 12, 2012  2:25 PM

Good-bye, good-by, goodbye, goodby?

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Which is correct?
According to some lexicographers, we may soon be saying ______ to the word hello because so much communication these days is through social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, where greetings tend to be less formal.
a. good-bye
b. good-by
c. goodbye
d. goodby

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June 11, 2012  3:16 PM

arrant vs. errant

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Which is correct?
Kill switch apps installed on employees’ smartphones can allow business owners to disable any ________ devices when they are lost or stolen.
a. arrant
b. errant

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June 8, 2012  11:59 AM

Who vs. whom — for when you can’t avoid it

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Which is correct?
____ 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

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June 7, 2012  10:18 AM

How overcorrection leads to pronoun problems

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Which is correct?

“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

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June 6, 2012  12:12 PM

Personal pronouns

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Which is correct?

“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

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June 5, 2012  12:19 PM

Prefer something to or than something else?

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Which is correct?
I prefer native apps ___ Web apps because they’re customized for my smartphone.
a. than
b. to

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June 4, 2012  1:27 PM

How unique?

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What’s wrong with the following sentence?
Cloud computing poses some very unique security challenges.”

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