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May 24, 2012  1:26 PM

Expedite or expediate?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
made-up words, transitive verbs, use the better choice, worthless words

Which is correct?

To prevent a crippling worm attack, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urged that all users _______ application of the patch.

a. expedite

b. expediate

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May 23, 2012  2:16 PM

Is singular “they” OK?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, formal writing, grammar, singular they

Which is correct?

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

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May 22, 2012  5:58 PM

Chuck it up, chalk it up or chock it up?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common phrases, commonly misspelled words

Which is correct?

The VoIP system proposal wasn’t ready in time and we missed the deadline specified in the RFP.  We decided to just  ___________ to experience and get organized more quickly next time.

a. chuck it up

b. chalk it up

c. chock it up

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May 18, 2012  1:31 PM

Do you login or log in?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
compound words, one word or two

Which is correct?

Your Apple ID is the user name you use to _____ to iCloud, iTunes and the app store.

a. log in

b. login

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May 17, 2012  1:49 PM

Spot the error

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common sentence errors, Latin abbreviations, word meanings

What’s wrong with this sentence?

The quickly growing list of C-level titles includes CEO, CFO, CIO, CSO, etc.

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May 16, 2012  12:47 PM

Hardy or hearty?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, hardy or hearty

Which is correct?
Rugged IT devices are designed to be _____ enough to withstand extreme environmental conditions and rough handling.
a. hardy
b. hearty
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May 15, 2012  5:31 PM

Pidgin, creole and lingua franca

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, languages, linguistics, word meanings

Which is correct?
English is becoming the world’s _________, largely as a result of cultural globalization, fostered by television and the Web.
a. pidgin
b. creole
c. lingua franca

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May 14, 2012  1:55 PM

Navel research or naval research?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings

Which is correct?
The United States _______ Research Laboratory (NRL) is the corporate research laboratory for the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps.
a. Navel
b. Naval

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May 11, 2012  11:12 AM

Health care or healthcare?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, one word or two, spelling
typing Which is correct?
The ___________ records of UK offenders are now available electronically.
a. health care
b. healthcare

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May 10, 2012  2:18 PM

Bad business: What’s wrong with this sentence?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ambiguous pronoun references, Business writing, CIO, sentence structure, unclear references

What’s wrong with the following sentence?

ROI conflicts with the triple bottom line, so the business sometimes neglects  it.

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