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March 19, 2013  12:33 PM

Is that your queue to leave or your cue to leave?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, ESL, Google poll, meanings of common expressions

Which is correct? When the wedding DJ puts on Macarena, that's my ______________. a. queue to leave b. que to leave c. cue to leave

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March 4, 2013  2:01 PM

Is that a bonified labtop? Big surprises on the grammar blog



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common grammar errors, common misspellings, Surprises

I have had quite a few surprises since I started writing this blog, back in 2008. Some posts were inspired by surprising facts and others by surprising use. In fact, had I just gone into search and looked for posts with the word “shocked” in them, I might have put this list together more...


February 5, 2013  12:30 PM

Bona fide vs. bonified: Surprise! “Bonified” is a word .



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic words and phrases, common misspellings, commonly confused terms, Latin phrases, legal words and phrases

Which is correct? Amid all the vendor hype, it's hard to understand the ________ benefits of cloud computing. a. bona fide b. bonified


January 7, 2013  5:35 PM

Is that “brand-new” or “bran-new”? And why do we say it, anyway?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic speech and grammar, archaic words and phrases, common misspellings, common phrases, grammar history

  Which is correct? If you're designing a ________ data center, green tech should be a priority. a. brand-new b....


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 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 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!


October 19, 2012  1:55 PM

“Withold” or “withhold”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common misspellings, spelling

  Which is correct? Publicly traded companies cannot legally _________ financial results. a. withold b. withhold Continued »


October 9, 2012  7:14 PM

The difference between “someday” and “some day”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common misspellings, commonly confused words, one word or two, spelling, the difference between

Which is correct? The message from human resources asked if she could come for an interview __________ next week. a. someday b. some day


August 31, 2012  1:22 PM

The difference between “dependent” and “dependant”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common misspellings, commonly confused words, ESL, the difference between, word meanings

Which is correct? The ________ variable is what is being measured in an experiment. a. dependent b. dependant Continued...

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