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January 7, 2013  5:35 PM

Is that “brand-new” or “bran-new”? And why do we say it, anyway?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic speech and grammar, archaic words and phrases, common misspellings, common phrases, grammar history

 

Which is correct?
If you’re designing a ________ data center, green tech should be a priority.
a. brand-new
b. bran-new
c. new

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December 21, 2012  10:33 PM

Is the rule changing on “comprised of”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misunderstood terms, commonly misused expressions, commonly misused phrases, commonly misused words, confusing words

 

I had a comment, a while back, on this post about “comprised of.” The correspondent wrote that, contrary to my conclusion, “comprised of” is acceptable in the UK. I know these things differ, so I had a look around.

This Wikipedian, who seems to have a mission, explored the issue deeply and came up with the result that, no “comprised of” is not acceptable grammar, not in North America, the UK, or anywhere else.
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December 21, 2012  10:27 PM

Have you heard tell of “hear tell”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic words and phrases, CIO

Have you heard tell of “heard tell”? “Tell” is an archaic word meaning “news.”

The Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Language offers this example: “Well, my ould man, did’ee see or hear tell of sich a thing as a portmantle?”

My dad used “heard tell” when I was young and it was not uncommon, back in the day, usually in the negative, to say “I’ve never heard tell of it.” You rarely hear it these days but I still like the sound of it.

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December 21, 2012  10:15 PM

In regard to or in regards to?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misused expressions, word meanings

 

Which is correct?
In _______ to your meeting request, could we hold off until the first of the year?
a. regard
b. regards

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December 21, 2012  2:14 PM

Supposed to or suppose to?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misused phrases

 

Which is correct?
I was _______ go to the staff party but, ironically, I had to work late.
a. suppose
b. supposed

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December 21, 2012  12:15 AM

‘Twas the night before Christmas — or should that be “t’was”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
apostrophes, archaic speech and grammar, archaic words and phrases

 

Which is correct?
_______ the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
a. ‘Twas
b. T’was

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December 12, 2012  2:15 AM

Santa Claus’s sleigh or Santa Claus’ sleigh?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
AP style, AP vs. Chicago style, Chicago Manual of Style, possessive case, possessives

 

Which is correct?
On December 24th, a lot of children can be found gazing out windows for a glimpse of _________ sleigh.
a. Santa Claus’
b. Santa Claus’s

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December 12, 2012  1:38 AM

Christmas vs. Xmas



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, grammar history, grammar wars, holiday names

Which is correct?
There are a lot of holidays in December, not just ______ but also Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Lunar New Year, Santa Lucia Day and sometimes Ramadan.
a. Xmas
b. Christmas

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December 11, 2012  4:52 PM

Is that a factoid or a bit of trivia?



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

Which is correct?
Here’s a ___________: The NORAD Santa tracker was developed as a result of a wrong number call to NORAD’s commander-in-chief’s operations hotline.
a. bit of seasonal trivia
b. seasonal factoid

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December 10, 2012  5:58 PM

Facts vs. factoids



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misunderstood terms, word choice, word meanings

Which is correct?
A commonly stated ______: Apple’s corporate address is 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, Ca.
a. factoid
b. fact

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