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June 9, 2010  2:43 PM

How to deal with egregious grammar — and still have friends

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Do you have grammar obsessive disorder (GOD)? A GOD complex can wreak havoc on your relationships and devastate your social life — take it from me.

It’s hard out there for a grammarian, especially if you’re reasonably gregarious. How should you respond when friends and loved ones make egregious grammatical errors? Do nothing — and give yourself a new tongue piercing by biting clear through? Or correct them each time — and see them fake comas when you approach, just to avoid conversation?

Here’s a cautionary tale and some helpful advice from Rob Reinalda (@word_czar):

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June 8, 2010  1:51 PM

Do you have to comply to that or conform to it?

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Which is correct?
Manufacturers that sell their products internationally have to ______ to ITAR stipulations.
a. comply
b. conform

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June 7, 2010  3:07 PM

Substantial vs. substantive

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Which is correct?
Information extraction is a process intended to pull meaningful data from noisy text without making _________ changes in the author`s intended meaning.
a. substantial
b. substantive

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June 2, 2010  7:37 PM

Can you give more than 100 percent?

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Which is correct?
The director thanked all participants for giving ______ .
a. 100 percent
b. 110 percent

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May 26, 2010  4:30 PM

What century is this?

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Which is correct?
Modern financial bookkeeping practices date back to the ___ century, possibly about 1250.
a. 11th
b. 12th
c. 13th

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May 25, 2010  1:12 PM

Would you care to commentate — or will commenting do?

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Which is correct?
Walter Mossberg _________ that some rugged laptops have screens that are viewable in bright light.
a. commented
b. commentated

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May 24, 2010  2:01 PM

Spell out percentages under 10 or express as numerals?

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Which is correct?
The federal government established a goal of contracting with women-owned small businesses for ________ of the total.
a. five percent
b. 5 percent
c. 5%

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May 20, 2010  9:41 PM

Whet your appetite or wet your appetite?

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Which is correct?
Some proponents hope that Peppermint will ____ the mainstream appetite for cloud computing.
a. whet
b. wet

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May 20, 2010  4:11 PM

Is that data historic or historical?

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Which is correct?
The majority of stakeholders want access to not only current information but also ________ data.
a. historical
b. historic

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May 19, 2010  12:42 PM

Was he electrocuted or merely shocked?

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Which is correct?
The plaintiff maintained that his disability was a result of being ___________ by a faulty device when he was in the hospital.
a. electrocuted
b. shocked

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