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August 8, 2013  5:01 PM

Vocabulary: reorg, exhaustipated

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

What does this sentence mean?

interrobang Most of the employees were anxious about the reorg but after two straight weeks of overtime, I was almost exhaustipated.

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August 4, 2013  6:02 PM

Why you don’t want to just make your own decisions about what words to capitalize

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which vision statement is better?

interrobang a. Our Vision for the future includes serving our Customers to the best of our ability, while maintaining our focus on Sustainability, Integrity and Openness in all our practices.b. Our vision for the future includes serving our customers to the best of our ability, while maintaining our focus on sustainability, integrity and openness in all our practices.

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August 1, 2013  2:01 PM

What the world needs now: subject-verb agreement

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang Enter the CHRO: Apparently, what the world needs now ___ more C-level execs.
a. is
b. are

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July 31, 2013  1:35 PM

Is data singular or plural? It depends.

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang Although big data is getting bigger all the time, much of the data being collected ___ useless.
a. is
b. are

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July 29, 2013  1:17 PM

Do you write well or good?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Certifications and degrees are great, but you need to have excellent communication skills to be successful in your IT career change. This includes being able to write ______________.
a. well
b. good

Which is correct?
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July 7, 2013  8:29 PM

There are a thousand … whats? C’mon, Apple — don’t you have spell check?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?

interrobang According to Apple, there are a thousand ____ for every yes.
a. noes
b. nos
c. no’s

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July 2, 2013  6:45 PM

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

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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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