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May 15, 2012  5:31 PM

Pidgin, creole and lingua franca

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
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?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

What’s wrong with the following sentence?

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

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May 9, 2012  10:30 AM

The difference between can’t underestimate, shouldn’t underestimate and can’t overestimate

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
The CSO explained that you ___________ the desire of employees to be helpful to their bosses, which explains why they so often respond to social engineering tactics in email pretending to be messages from head office.
a. can’t underestimate
b. shouldn’t underestimate
c. can’t overestimate

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May 8, 2012  2:02 PM

Don’t leave your modifiers hanging

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

What’s wrong with this sentence?

“As a prominent cloud storage provider, security is crucial.”

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May 7, 2012  7:21 PM

When to use a comma after an introductory phrase

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

a. Instead of trying to control what devices access the network, today’s IT administrator should focus on managing risk.

b.  Instead of trying to control what devices access the network today’s IT administrator should focus on managing risk.

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March 21, 2012  1:43 PM

Low and behold? Lo and behold?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
Rim cut the BlackBerry Playbook tablet price by 60%, upgraded the OS — and ____________, it outsold Apple’s iPad 2.
a. lo
b. low

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October 19, 2011  6:02 PM

Blame spellcheck

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

There’s a breakthrough in the definitely vs. defiantly spelling problem: Word corrects “definately” as “definitely” but changes “definatly” to “defiantly.” Oh dear. People intend to say “definitely,” Word makes it “defiantly” and they carefully learn this “correct” spelling, not realizing it’s a completely different word.


October 19, 2011  4:44 PM

Defiantly or definitely? Definately?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore
typing Which is correct?
“Thanks to all who ensured that the cloud migration went smoothly. There will _______ be a little something extra in your pay envelopes this week,” the manager announced.
a. definitely
b. defiantly
c. definately

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