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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...

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 Continued...

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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 Continued »

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

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...

December 6, 2012  8:26 PM

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

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ampersands, Chicago Manual of Style, CIO, company names, grammar history

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

December 5, 2012  3:55 PM

Why “how come”?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic speech and grammar, archaic words and phrases, CIO, formal writing

  Which is correct? a. How come male CIOs are still making more money than women in comparable positions? b. Why are male CIOs still making...

December 4, 2012  8:40 PM

Nouning: Disconnect or disconnection?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, verbs and nouns, word choice

Which is correct? BYOD policies often illustrate a significant ________ between administrators and employees. a. disconnect b. disconnection

December 3, 2012  3:26 PM

Devote vs. devout

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, commonly misspelled words, ESL, Google poll

  Which is correct? Ray Bradbury was a _______ Luddite but he allowed Fahrenheit 451 to be produced as an eBook -- although it was only...

November 30, 2012  3:30 PM

threshold or threshhold?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misspelled words, ESL, word meanings

  Which is correct? The Scottish tradition of first-footing involves being the first person to step across a friend or neighbor's _______ after midnight on January 1. a. threshold b. threshhold

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