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May 24, 2012  1:26 PM

Expedite or expediate?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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What’s wrong with the following sentence?

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

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