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December 21, 2012  10:33 PM

Is the rule changing on “comprised of”?

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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”?

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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?

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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?

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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”?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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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December 6, 2012  8:26 PM

Do you use an ampersand in company names? Bonus: The fascinating history of the ampersand

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Which is correct?
__________________ is promoting eBooks as “instant gifts.”
a. Barnes & Noble
b. Barnes and Noble

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