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October 22, 2010  2:09 PM

Ad hoc, ad hock, add hoc, add hock?

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Which is correct?
You can customize an _________ report on the fly to find the answer to a question that isn’t a part of regular reporting.
a. ad hoc
b. ad hock
c. add hoc
d. add hock

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October 20, 2010  2:03 PM

Are you unphased or unfazed?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
The user-training for the new business intelligence software was extensive, in the hopes that employees would be __________ by the change.
a. unphased
b. unfazed

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October 6, 2010  5:52 PM

Is that a trademark product or a trademarked product?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
Microsoft has a _______ data summarization product called “PivotTable” although as two words, pivot table is generic.
a. trademarked
b. trademark

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September 30, 2010  6:45 PM

Is that heart-rending or heart-rendering?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
When I responded to a __________ email message from the widow of the deposed King of Nigeria, I was surprised to find myself the victim of a phishing scam.
a. heart-rending
b. heart-rendering

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September 21, 2010  11:56 AM

“Where” vs. “in which” (Part II)

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
The use of a spreadsheet when a data warehouse was required created a situation _______ effective analysis was impossible.
a. where
b. in which

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September 20, 2010  4:08 PM

Use vs. utilize

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
An executive can _______ a business intelligence dashboard to get an up-to-the moment snapshot of how some element of the business is performing.
a. use
b. utilize

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September 16, 2010  11:22 AM

Set up or setup?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
If you’re installing a wireless LAN, you should know how to ______ security properly.
a. set up
b. setup

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September 12, 2010  4:25 PM

To the manor born or to the manner born?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
Although she was not __________________, the CEO soon learned to cultivate the soft skills that made her an effective leader.
a. to the manner born
b. to the manor born

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August 27, 2010  1:18 PM

Another 10-question grammar quiz from the early days

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1. Early ____________ ran on a couple of AA batteries and suffered a lot from lag as a result.
a. BlackBerries
b. BlackBerrys
Which is correct?

2. A 95 percent majority ____ opposed to scheduling meetings for after 5 p.m.
a. is
b. are
Which is correct?

3. Ellen is a real _______, always doing whatever needs to be done to move a project along.
a. trooper
b. trouper
Which is correct?

4. You can ________ the transaction if there are problems.
a. roll back
b. rollback
Which is correct?

5. In the _____, server revenues were flat throughout the quarter.
a. west
b. West
Which is correct?

6. One or more errors _____ encountered during installation.
a. was
b. were
Which is correct?

7. According to the Berne ________ convention, all content created since April 1989 is protected, whether or not that fact is specifically stated.
a. copywrite
b. copyright
Which is correct?

8. The successful candidate will have a ___________ in Communications.
a. master’s degree
b. masters degree
Which is correct?

9. We will be ______ employees from the office to the convention.
a. busing
b. bussing
Which is correct?

10. Arthur L. Samuel of IBM’s Watson Research Center coined the term personal computer in the _____.
a. 1960’s
b. 1960s
Which is correct?


August 10, 2010  3:16 PM

Naprons, ewts and ekenames

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Which is correct?
To create _____ file, you need a ripper and an encoder.
a. an MP3
b. a MP3

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