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October 29, 2012  11:27 AM

Combined words and Lewis Carroll

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, grammar quiz, grammatical terms, Lewis Carroll, word meaning

Which is correct? What do you call words like phablet,  Kinect and electrocute, that are each made up of parts of two words? a. retronyms b. portmanteaus c. anacronyms Bonus questions: What two words are each of those made from? a. phablet = ______ + ________ b....

October 26, 2012  3:03 PM

“myriad” or “a myriad of”?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, Greek, word meanings

  Which is correct? Phablets are among ________ new gadgets introduced in the last few years. a. myriad b. a myriad of

October 17, 2012  2:45 PM

I don’t like it, you don’t like it … but there may be some slight excuse for “decisioning”

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
busines writing, CIO, flamebait, jargon, jargon glossary, non-words, tech writing, verbing

  I'm carrying on from yesterday's post on decisioning, which generated some heated responses. The

October 16, 2012  1:31 PM

Do we really need words like “decisioning”?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, jargon, jargon glossary, verbing, worthless words, writing

  Which is correct? Business activity monitoring provides an immediate real-time monitoring and ____________ capability. a. decisioning b. decision-making

October 12, 2012  6:04 PM

Could care less or couldn’t care less?

Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct? I'd like to use responsive design to make sure our site renders well on mobile devices, but our lead developer ______________________. a. could care less b. couldn't care less

October 1, 2012  1:48 PM

“As good or better than” is as bad as, if not worse than…

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, idioms, parallel structure, Strunk and White

Which is correct? 1. His response time for trouble tickets is as good, or better, than ever. 2. His response time for trouble tickets is as good as, or better than, ever.

September 27, 2012  2:07 PM

There are two ways—and two ways ONLY—that you can correctly refer to yourself as “myself”

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, intensive pronouns, me/myself/I, personal pronouns

Is this sentence grammatically correct? I, myself, would never dream of sharing an offer for a free $250 Walmart gift card on Facebook, but people do it all the time.

September 26, 2012  1:23 PM

“Healthy” vs. “healthful” and the problem of audience standards

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, ESL, grammar wars, health information, health IT, synonyms, word choice

Which is correct? With dinner guests due to arrive within the hour, I started browsing through Pinterest looking for quick and _______ recipes. a. healthful b. healthy

September 25, 2012  2:35 PM

“Inauthentic” or “unauthentic”?

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, ESL, spelling

Which is correct? Gray market products are either _________, distributed outside the authorized channels, or both. a. inauthentic b. unauthentic

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September 24, 2012  1:28 PM

The importance of careful language

Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
busines writing, CIO, netiquette

I was surprised, recently, by a message from Donna Morton, an indigenous peoples activist and CEO of the green tech company First Power. Donna was commenting on our use of the word "savage." She said it had...

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