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October 23, 2009  3:56 PM

Open source — hyphenate or not?

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Which is correct?
Open source describes any software whose source code is in the public domain or that is copyrighted and distributed under an ______________.
a. open source license
b. open-source license

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October 23, 2009  12:11 PM

Please RSVP?

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Which is correct?
We’re planning a festive meal and special surprises for employees and their guests, so _______.
a. RSVP
b. please RSVP

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October 22, 2009  2:48 PM

“It’s” or “its” — which is correct?

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Which is correct?
Maintaining an appropriate ambient temperature for hardware is essential to ____ performance and longevity.
a. it’s
b. its

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October 21, 2009  4:10 PM

Hyphenation — low cost or low-cost?

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Which is correct?
Cluster computing can also be used as a relatively______ form of parallel processing.
a. low cost
b. low-cost

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October 21, 2009  3:18 PM

Which is correct — oriented or orientated?

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Which is correct?
The user found that the application worked well if she could get the phone view ________ with the package barcode.
a. orientated
b. oriented

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October 20, 2009  1:30 PM

Purposely or purposefully?

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Which is correct?
Although most information breaches aren’t committed _________, the effects can be just as serious as if there had been a security attack.
a. purposely
b. purposefully

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October 16, 2009  6:05 PM

Any more or anymore?

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typing Which is correct?
So many products include tracking capabilities that soon it won’t be possible to get lost ________.
a. any more
b. anymore

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October 15, 2009  8:15 PM

More misadventures with “myself”

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On his Literal-Minded blog, Neal Whitman explains more about how reflexive pronouns are used correctly in an embarrassing episode from his past:

“Maddie, Ed, Deanna, and Jennifer are riding together,” said Chad. “Michelle will be riding with myself, and …”

With myself? I thought. Why was Chad talking in that pompous way? Why didn’t he just say with me? This kind of myself-abuse was one of my grammar peeves.

Syntacticians have a name for what Chad did, but it’s not a very well-chosen name. They call it a Principle A violation. If I had named it, I would have called Principle A the Reflexive Rule. It’s the rule that says that in Standard English (and other languages, too), reflexive pronouns are used when a grammatical object of a verb or preposition refers to someone already mentioned earlier in the same clause…

Whitman goes on to explain how he embarrassed himself (note correct use of reflexive pronoun) — not by using myself incorrectly but by correcting someone else who had (in, perhaps, less than ideal circumstances for a teachable moment). Oh, he was correct, grammatically. But were his motives suspect?


October 15, 2009  5:06 PM

PDA’s or PDAs?

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Which is correct?
Anything that promises to keep operating costs lower is likely to spur the market for smart phones and _____.
a. PDA’s
b. PDAs

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October 14, 2009  4:34 PM

Me, myself or I?

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Which is correct?
The final decision on cloud implementation is up to the CIO and ____.”
a. me
b. myself
c. I
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