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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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May 23, 2013  8:30 PM

The difference between “onto” and “on to”

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore


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

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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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