Writing for Business - A Whatis.com Blog


December 20, 2010  11:48 PM

If you’ve got more than one of them, are they computer mice or mouses?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
The office only provided four ______ for the six laptops because they assumed at least a couple of users would be happy with the touchpads.
a. mice
b. mouses
c. mouse

Continued »

December 13, 2010  1:50 PM

Did gummy bears breach security or breech it?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
When schools implemented fingerprint scanners for sign-ins, media reported that students could exploit gummy bears to ______ system security.
a. breach
b. breech

Continued »


October 25, 2010  2:24 PM

Arcane or archaic?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
It will still be years before electronic health records replace the ________ paper-based system.
a. arcane
b. archaic

Continued »


October 22, 2010  2:09 PM

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

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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

Continued »


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

Continued »


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

Continued »


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

Continued »


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

Continued »


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

Continued »


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

Continued »


Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: