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April 11, 2013  12:48 PM

Torturous path or tortuous?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, Errors in the media, ESL, word meanings

Which is correct? Poor Apple Maps. It took a ________ path, full of twists and turns that were not adequately described in the directions, ending in firings and apologies. a. torturous b. tortuous

February 7, 2013  5:25 PM

Font of wisdom or fount of wisdom?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic words and phrases, commonly confused words, Latin, meanings of common expressions, metaphors

Which is correct? Once upon a time, the CIO was considered the ____ of all wisdom, at least in terms of technology. a. fount b. font


February 1, 2013  1:43 PM

appropriate vs. expropriate



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, word choice, word meanings

Which is correct? I just have one question, before we adjourn: Who ____________ the X-Box from the lounge? a. appropriated b. expropriated

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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 »


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 3, 2012  2:28 PM

To whit or to wit?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, word meaning

Which is correct? According to Peter Cohan, there are six reasons Facebook stock is only worth $7, _____: competing objectives, slowing growth, conflicted ownership structure, weak monetization, lack of...


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


September 17, 2012  1:09 PM

Do respect vs. due respect



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misunderstood phrases, eggcorns, word meanings

Which is correct? With all ________ to large vendors, startups and small businesses are more likely to innovate. a. do respect b. due respect

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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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August 24, 2012  2:04 PM

Was that a worldwind or a whirlwind?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
auto (in)correct, commonly confused words, eggcorns, funny errors

Which is correct? Novell went on a three-week _______ tour promoting SUSE Linux Enterprise. a. whirlwind b. worldwind


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