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November 7, 2013  10:24 PM

Off vs. off of

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interrobang Which is correct?
There are a number of methods you can use to capture VoIP calls ___ a LAN.
a. off
b. off of

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November 1, 2013  11:34 AM

Can you squash a rumor — or only beer cans and bugs?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang Lenovo recently ________ rumors of a BlackBerry takeover; now there’s speculation that Facebook might buy it.
a. quashed
b. squashed

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October 17, 2013  5:11 PM

Sock puppets, sock puppetry and Internet shills: Misinformation vs. disinformation

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang I was annoyed when my friend shared the Facebook post about the dangers of microwave ovens but he didn’t know any better. It was just a case of __________.  a. misinformation
b. disinformation

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October 10, 2013  12:12 PM

Crisis, crises, crisies

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Which is correct?

interrobang When Ben Franklin said nothing is certain but death and taxes, he could have added one more sure thing: We can be certain there will be at least a few ______ in our lives.a. crisises
b. crises
c. crisies

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September 23, 2013  7:25 PM

Or, nor and subject-verb agreement

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang Sometimes Perl or Python ____ used instead of PHP.

a. is
b. are 

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August 20, 2013  7:06 PM

Bury the lede or bury the lead — and what does it mean, anyway?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang Get the earth-shattering news out first — don’t bury the ___.a. lede
b. lead 

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August 19, 2013  5:48 PM

Multitasking, errors and irony

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Which is correct?

interrobang a. Our brains, are not built for multitasking.
b. Our brains are not built for multitasking. 

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August 19, 2013  1:59 PM

Introductory phrases and commas

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Which is correct?
a. Once the business owner saw the benefits of attending an Agile retrospective his participation improved.
b. Once the business owner saw the benefits of attending an Agile retrospective, his participation improved.

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August 14, 2013  6:49 PM

Donkey’s years or donkey’s ears?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang “Wow, an Amiga 500! I haven’t seen one of those in __________.”
a. donkey’s years
b. donkey’s ears

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August 9, 2013  12:48 PM

From the press: Spot the errors

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Can you find the two errors in this sentence?

interrobang Nevermind who’s name is on the cover, the book is vintage Rowling, and has received rave reviews, before and after the secret got out. (the Globe and Mail, August 3)

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