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October 25, 2010  2:24 PM

Arcane or archaic?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic or arcane, Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, word meanings

Which is correct? It will still be years before electronic health records replace the ________ paper-based system. a. arcane b. archaic

October 22, 2010  2:09 PM

Ad hoc, ad hock, add hoc, add hock?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ad hoc, ad hock, add hock, Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, definitions, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? You can customize an _________ report on the fly to find the answer to a question that isn't a part of regular reporting. a. ad hoc b. ad hock c. add hoc d. add hock


October 20, 2010  2:03 PM

Are you unphased or unfazed?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, fazed or phased, grammar, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? The user-training for the new business intelligence software was extensive, in the hopes that employees would be __________ by the change. a. unphased b. unfazed


October 6, 2010  5:52 PM

Is that a trademark product or a trademarked product?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
adjectives, Business writing, CIO, dropped "ed", grammar, Quiz, trademark or trademarked

Which is correct? Microsoft has a _______ data summarization product called "PivotTable" although as two words, pivot table is generic. a. trademarked b. trademark


September 30, 2010  6:45 PM

Is that heart-rending or heart-rendering?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused terms, grammar, heart-rending or heart-rendering, Quiz

Which is correct? When I responded to a __________ email message from the widow of the deposed King of Nigeria, I was surprised to find myself the victim of a


September 21, 2010  11:56 AM

“Where” vs. “in which” (Part II)



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, Quiz, where / in which

Which is correct? The use of a spreadsheet when a data warehouse was required created a situation _______ effective...


September 20, 2010  4:08 PM

Use vs. utilize



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, Quiz, use vs. utilize, word meanings

Which is correct? An executive can _______ a business intelligence dashboard to get an up-to-the moment snapshot of how some element of the business is...


September 16, 2010  11:22 AM

Set up or setup?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, common grammar errors, common writing errors, grammar, make up or makeup, Quiz, set up or setup, verbs and nouns, work out or workout

Which is correct? If you're installing a wireless LAN, you should know how to ______ security properly. a. set up b. setup


August 27, 2010  1:18 PM

Another 10-question grammar quiz from the early days



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, grammar, grammar quiz

1. Early ____________ ran on a couple of AA batteries and suffered a lot from lag as a result. a. BlackBerries b. BlackBerrys Which is correct? 2. A 95 percent...


August 10, 2010  3:16 PM

Naprons, ewts and ekenames



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
a or an, Business writing, CIO, grammar, metanalysis, prepositions, provection, Quiz

Which is correct? To create _____ file, you need a ripper and an encoder. a. an MP3 b. a MP3


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