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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 current information as well as ________ 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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May 17, 2010  9:41 PM

Per say what?

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Which is correct?
A serious reportable event is not evidence of negligence ______.
a. per say
b. perse
c. per se

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May 14, 2010  2:22 PM

Between you and I or between you and me?

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Which is correct?
Between you and ___ claims of openness seem to suggest that there’s something to hide.
a. I,
b. me,

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May 14, 2010  12:27 PM

Forward, back, north, south

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Our long-time correspondent and frequent contributor Herzl (Tselly) Regev sent in this response to the question we sent out yesterday, If a deadline’s moved forward is it earlier or later? It seems the Israeli army has a different way of looking at this issue.

Here’s Tselly’s note:

Shalom,

In Israel, the army is perhaps the most prolific source of slang. Probably from there, “to the North” means “forward”, and “to the South” is “backwards”. As in: “starting Tuesday and to the North” means “from Tuesday and forward”. So if you move a date to the North, it actually moves to the South in the calendar…

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Herzl (Tselly) Regev

Oooohhhh, must sit down. My head is spinning. Like many people, I find the directional concept confusing with dates — if, for example, I push something forward, it gets farther away from me. If I push it back, it could go backwards or it could go back towards whoever pushed it towards me in the first place. I don’t think I’ll get into that. No, I’ll just sit quietly and think about stationary items. And the next time someone asks if we can push a meeting back (or forward for that matter), I’ll just say no.

Tselly wrote again to say:

Actually I’m saying that the up and down are hopelessly mixed. Indeed, what does it mean to move a date up or down?

Maybe you’d like the biblical orientation, to the orient: the usual biblical word for east is forward, west is back (or to the sea – the Mediterranean), south is right (yamin or teiman – the Hebrew name of Yemen) and north is left.

There is a famous map of Israel on display in Jordan that is thus oriented. I seem to remember a Greek map of “the world” fron the 5th century BCE that is oriented like today’s maps, so I wonder where the word “orientation” comes from.


May 11, 2010  4:27 PM

Combining quotation marks with other punctuation

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Which is correct?
According to Peter Drucker “there is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a _________
a. customer.”
b. customer”.

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May 11, 2010  2:47 PM

Hyphenating compound modifiers

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Which is correct?
In a _______ circuit, external noise can be picked up from appliances in the vicinity, from electrical transformers, from the atmosphere and even from outer space.
a. hard wired
b. hard-wired
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May 5, 2010  2:53 PM

Verbing nouns

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Which is correct?
Funds made available through the HITECH Act are expected to ________ faster adoption of electronic health records.
a. motivate
b. incentivize
c. incent
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April 30, 2010  12:45 PM

Supersede or supercede?

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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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