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May 15, 2013  1:20 PM

Oxymorons that don’t hold up to even cursory scrutiny

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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May 3, 2013  2:09 PM

Tie me over vs. tide me over; also: the importance of fact-checking

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Which is correct?
I forgot to buy coffee last night and now this single cup will have to ___________ until the store opens.
a. tie me over
b. tide me over

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May 1, 2013  5:20 PM

A homage or an homage?

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Which is correct?
The monument, built to resemble a giant iPhone, was created as _______ to Steve Jobs.
a. an homage
b. a homage

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April 23, 2013  10:26 PM

Another thing coming or another think coming?

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Which is correct?
If you think you can rely on Microsoft Word’s grammar checker, you’ve got another _______ coming.
a. thing
b. think

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April 17, 2013  9:10 PM

Weasel words, euphemisms, and corporate communications

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Which is correct?
__________ saved us $750,000 in payroll expenses.
a. A headcount reduction
b. Layoffs
c. Downsizing
d. Rightsizing

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April 11, 2013  12:48 PM

Torturous path or tortuous?

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Which is correct?
Poor Apple Maps. It took a ________ path, full of twists and turns that were not adequately described in the directions, ending in firings and apologies.
a. torturous
b. tortuous

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