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November 29, 2012  9:01 PM

no doubt vs. no question



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misunderstood phrases, commonly misunderstood terms, commonly misused phrases, U.S. vs. U.K.

Which is correct? The judge said that he was sentencing the defendant to three years in prison because there was __________ that he was guilty. a. no doubt b. no question

November 22, 2012  3:44 PM

Spelling holiday terms: What’s that ubiquitous red plant?



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

  Which is correct? How do you spell the name of that red plant you see everywhere during the holiday season? a. pointsetta b. poinsetta c. poinsettia d. pointsettia


November 21, 2012  2:14 PM

Fine distinctions: “few” vs. “a few”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common sentence errors, common writing errors, ESL, word choice

  Which is correct? Because online security is still far from perfect, there are _____ things to consider before launching into Cyber Monday shopping. a. few b. a few


November 20, 2012  1:30 PM

Workout vs. work out



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, compound words, one word or two

  Which is correct? I never take my iPhone to the gym when I go to _________ because things often go missing from the lockers. a. work out b. workout


November 19, 2012  3:09 PM

Oneself or one’s self?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
busines writing, CIO, Twitter, word meanings

  Which is correct? Twitter tip: Don't call yourself by name in your profile bio, use "I" or "me" instead. Speaking about _________ in the third person sounds pretentious and psychologically unstable. a. one's self b. oneself


November 14, 2012  11:22 PM

Not that big a deal / not that big of a deal



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common grammar errors, common writing errors

Which is correct? People who think mobile security is ______________ could be in for a rude awakening. a. not that big a deal b. not that big of a deal


November 11, 2012  7:22 PM

Whoa or woah?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, word meanings

Which is correct? _____ Over 25 percent of the time, this word is misspelled online. a. Whoa! b. Woah!


November 9, 2012  1:17 PM

Hawk or hock?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, homophones

Which is correct? An increasing number of lawyers are ________ compliance products. a. hocking b. hawking


November 8, 2012  1:27 PM

Overnegation: Double negatives make a positive



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common sentence errors, overnegation

What does this sentence mean? It's unlikely that the software will never be standardized. a. The software is likely to be standardized. b. The software is not likely to be standardized.


October 29, 2012  1:52 PM

What was the first word transmitted on the Internet?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, Quiz, tech writing

The first word transmitted on the Internet, on Oct. 29, 1969, was "lo." The funny thing is, it was accidental. What word did they intend to type?

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