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April 30, 2010  12:45 PM

Supersede or supercede?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct?
Many experts predict that cloud computing will completely _______ desktop computing within the not-too-distant future.
a. supersede
b. supercede
c. superseed

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April 29, 2010  11:31 PM

Bored? Maybe you need a nobby.



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore

I was writing this morning about the difference between augur and auger and interesting things about both words. The interesting thing about an auger is that it used to be a nauger but then, somehow, there was confusion about how the words split and we were left with an auger and nauger isn’t even a word.

I was reminded of a joke in Cathleen Schine’s The Three Weissmans of Westport, which I didn’t really have time to reproduce then but will now. Here it is:

An old man who’s just retired to Florida asks another old guy, “How do you stand it. After two days already I’m bored.”
“Simple,” says the guy in a heavy Yiddish accent. “I have a nobby.”
“A nobby?” says the first old man. “What’s a nobby?”
“A nobby, a nobby— like collecting stemps.”
“You collect stamps?” the first one asks.
“Stemps? No. I keep bees. In mine condo.”
He takes the newcomer up the elevator, into his condo, takes a shoe box from the closet, and lifts the lid. “There!”
“But they’re all dead! This is just a box full of dead bees! What kind of a beekeeper are you?”
“Hey,” says the guy. “It’s just a nobby.”

*********
Here’s where I would use this as a catapulting metaphor to launch an insightful observation about life. But, in fact, I just liked the book and liked this joke. And now I won’t forget it — or if I do, I know where I can find it.


April 29, 2010  12:58 PM

Does that augur well or auger well?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
auger or augur, Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, definitions, grammar, Latin, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct?
The CFO said, with a twinkle in her eye, that the client’s enthusiasm for the straw man proposal ______ well for negotiations.
a. augured
b. augered

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April 27, 2010  4:37 PM

Comprises or is comprised of?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, common grammar errors, commonly misused words, comprises or is comprised of, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct?
Data management is a broad area of study that ___________ many more specialized fields.
a. comprises
b. is comprised of
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April 26, 2010  2:57 PM

Allude or refer?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
allude or refer, Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct?
The Managing Director _______ to a study claiming an 81% error reduction rate for computerized systems.
a. referred
b. alluded

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April 21, 2010  3:45 PM

Is that on everyone’s mind or on everyone’s minds?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Bonnie Trenga, Business writing, CIO, everyone, grammar, Grammar Girl, plural or singular, Quiz, subject-verb agreement

Which is correct?
The question on everyone’s _____ is how to improve customer experience and cut costs at the same time.
a. minds
b. mind

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April 19, 2010  1:10 PM

How likely? Quite.



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, probably or likely, Quiz, word usage

Which is correct?
Most users will _______ want to use a graphical front end to YUM.
a. likely
b. probably

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April 15, 2010  5:04 PM

Between or among



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
between or among, Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct?
There are three FDCC seminars this week; you can choose ______ Wednesday afternoon, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
a. among
b. between

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April 15, 2010  1:34 PM

Fair well or fare well?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, fare or fair, grammar, Quiz, spelling, word meanings

Which is correct?
NASA’s concern was that the organization’s communications would not ____ very well if restricted to only two TICs.
a. fare
b. fair

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April 13, 2010  12:36 PM

That vs. which (Part II)



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, Quiz, that/which

Which is correct?
EINSTEIN is the product of government projects ______ were undertaken to improve U.S. government services on the Internet.
a. which
b. that
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