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July 27, 2009  5:36 PM

Which is correct — beside or besides?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
beside / besides, Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
Voice search is better than text for a number of applications________ getting stock quotes and movie times.
a. beside
b. besides

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July 23, 2009  4:21 PM

Anyway vs. any way



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
any way / anyway, Business writing, CIO, compound words, Quiz, spelling
typing Which is correct?
The need for regulatory compliance makes business owners want to track operations in _______ they can.
a. any way
b. anyway

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July 23, 2009  11:38 AM

Anytime — anyway, anywhere?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
any time/anytime, Business writing, CIO, compound words, compound words with any, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
A patch panel enables you to switch and swap Firewire connections ______ you want.
a. any time
b. anytime

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July 22, 2009  12:07 PM

Use / mention distinction AKA words as words



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, Quiz, quotation marks, use - mention, when to set off words with quotation marks, words as words
typing Which is correct?
a. JeOS stands for just enough operating system.
b. “JeOS” stands for “just enough operating system.”

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July 21, 2009  2:19 PM

Which is correct — attain or obtain?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
attain or obtain, Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
Application streaming and virtualization can help you _______ greater network efficiency.
a. attain
b. obtain

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July 20, 2009  3:09 PM

Colons and semicolons



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, colons / semicolons; business writing, punctuation, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
Here’s one of our favorite technology ________ the parts of your computer that you can hit with a hammer are called hardware and the parts you can only curse at are called software.
a. quotations;
b. quotations:

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July 17, 2009  2:23 PM

Criteria is or criteria are?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, criteria / criterion, plural or singular, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
Your own criteria for selecting a computer ___ defined by how you intend to use it.
a. are
b. is

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July 16, 2009  5:37 PM

Which is correct — alterior or ulterior?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
alterior or ulterior, Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, eggcorns, Quiz, spelling
typing Which is correct?
Although ISPs promote DNS redirection as a service to customers, customers typically think the ISPs have _______ motives.
a. alterior
b. ulterior

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July 15, 2009  6:57 PM

Which is correct — moot or mute?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, moot or mute, Quiz, spelling
typing Which is correct?
No matter how important your message is, if you don’t choose the right delivery channel, the point is ____.
a. mute
b. moot

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July 14, 2009  1:43 PM

Dot i’s and cross t’s?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
apostrophe abuse, apostrophes, Business writing, CIO, dot i's and cross t's, pluralization, pluralizing single letters, Quiz
typing Which is correct?
When it comes to compliance, make sure all your ____________________.
a. i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed
b. is are dotted and ts are crossed

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