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July 2, 2013  6:45 PM

Business jargon: Do you need a rainmaker or a purple squirrel?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
business jargon, buzzwords, CIO

Which is correct?

interrobang The CEO sighed and shook her head. “Your whole department only brought in three new accounts last month. I need you guys to be ¬†__________.”
a. rainmakers
b. purple squirrels

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June 6, 2013  9:10 PM

Enormity vs. immensity, Tesla and The Oatmeal



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, word meanings, word origins

Which is correct?

interrobang Few people fully understand the _______ of Nikola Tesla’s contribution to life as we know it.
a. enormity
b. immensity

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June 3, 2013  1:18 PM

What does jumping the shark mean? What about jumping guns, brooms and bandwagons?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ESL, meanings of common expressions

Which is correct?

interrobang Some people think that Google has jumped the _____ with Google Glass because it’s just too nerdy for the mainstream. On the other hand, some people said pretty much the same thing about mobile phones in the early ’80s.
a. shark
b. gun
c. broom
d. bandwagon

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May 29, 2013  3:32 PM

Is that a C change or a sea change?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
business jargon, eggcorn, meanings of common expressions

Which is correct?

interrobang Google Wave was expected to enable a ________ in ¬†business collaboration but it didn’t play out that way.
a. C change
b. sea change

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May 23, 2013  8:30 PM

The difference between “onto” and “on to”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
one word or two, onto vs. on to


interrobang Which is correct?At the end-of-quarter gathering, the CEO climbed ___ her desk and yelled triumphantly: “We survived! Now let’s move ___ the celebration.”
a. onto / onto
b. on to / on to
c. onto / on to
d. on to / onto

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May 15, 2013  1:20 PM

Oxymorons that don’t hold up to even cursory scrutiny



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, oxymorons, word meanings

Which is correct?

interrobang A cursory ________ of the document was enough to reveal that the discrepancy in amounts resulted from an accounting error rather than fraud.
a. review
b. scrutiny

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May 15, 2013  10:26 AM

As you requested, per and as per



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Affectations, Bryan A. Garner, business jargon, CIO, word choice, word meaning

Which is correct?

me2 small b&w ___________________________, I’m attaching my tax records for the years 1987-2012.
a. Per your request
b. As per your request
c. As you requested

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May 12, 2013  12:02 PM

Is it Mother’s Day, Mothers’ Day or Mothers Day?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
possession, spelling holiday names

Which is correct?
In honor of __________, we’ll be selling flowers in the lobby.
a. Mother’s Day
b. Mothers’ Day
c. Mothers Day

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May 11, 2013  9:10 PM

Things you can do when you get to a bridge: Cross, burn or jump



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misused expressions, malaphors, meanings of common expressions

Which is correct?
We’ll _____ that bridge when we come to it.
a. cross
b. burn
c. jump off

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May 8, 2013  6:10 PM

Underlying and underlining — two different words, completely different meanings



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misunderstood terms, confused words, eggcorns

Which is correct?
Debating climate change with steadfast contrarians is pointless because their ___________ beliefs are not based on scientific data.
a. underlining
b. underlying

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