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March 3, 2010  2:30 PM

Backward-compatible or backwards compatible?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
backward or backwards, backward-compatible or backwards-compatible, Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct?
The new high-bandwidth cabling system was designed to be ____________ with existing technology.
a. backward-compatible
b. backwards-compatible
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March 1, 2010  6:00 PM

Run the gauntlet or the gamut?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, gamut vs. gauntlet, grammar, Quiz, word meantings

Which is correct?
Household applications that could be powered by fuel cells run the ______ from lamps to slow cookers.
a. gamut
b. gauntlet
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February 24, 2010  4:07 PM

jive, jibe or gibe?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused terms, grammar, jibe or jive, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct?
Business intelligence systems can only work if data _____ throughout the enterprise’s systems.
a. jives
b. jibes
c. gibes
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February 23, 2010  2:08 PM

Expeditious or expedient?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, colocation, commonly confused words, expeditious or expedient, grammar, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct?
The colocation service provider promised to deal with all issues _____________.
a. expeditiously
b. expediently
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February 18, 2010  1:02 PM

Are you empathic or empathetic?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, customer service, emotional intelligence, empathic or empathetic, grammar, Quiz, Twitter

Which is correct?
Bad customer service news spreads like wildfire on Twitter. The wise company deals with customer complaints in an __________ manner.
a. empathic
b. empathetic
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February 17, 2010  3:19 PM

Free rein or free reign?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, credit card, free reign or free rein, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct?
The advance warning of restrictions gave credit card companies __________ to find new ways to gouge consumers.
a. free rein
b. free reign
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February 16, 2010  3:17 PM

Is majority plural or singular?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, majority is or majority are, plural or singular, pluralization, Quiz

Which is correct?
A majority of CIOs ___ either using or considering SaaS products.
a. is
b. are
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February 12, 2010  2:55 PM

The first Valentine



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Chaucer, famous writers, history, trivia, Valentine's Day
“For this was on Seynt Valentynes day,
Whan every foul cometh theere to chese his make…”

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February 12, 2010  1:22 PM

Effect vs. affect; amorous cats



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
affect vs. effect, Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, emotional intelligence, grammar, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct?
A manager’s level of emotional intelligence _______ the entire office.
a. effects
b. affects
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February 9, 2010  1:34 PM

Accomodate or accommodate?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
accommodate or accomodate, Agile projects, Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, grammar, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct?
According to Mike Cohn, Agile planning ___________ change by recognizing that it will occur.
a. accommodates
b. accomodates
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