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August 15, 2012  5:35 PM

Diffuse and defuse — homophones or homonyms?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, compound words, homonyms, homophones

Which is correct? Diffuse and defuse are often confused because they're ________: words that sound the same but mean different things. a. homophones b. homonyms

August 14, 2012  11:46 AM

Convince vs. persuade



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misused words, ESL, word meanings

Which is correct? It's typically difficult to _______ programmers to document their code, even though it makes it easier to work with in the future. a. convince b. persuade


August 9, 2012  12:57 PM

Blatant vs. flagrant



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, word meanings

Which is correct? The ad was a ________ attempt to spread FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) about the competitor's product. a. blatant b. flagrant


August 7, 2012  1:06 PM

Graciously accept or graciously decline? You may do either — but can you say you’re doing so?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, ESL, word meanings

Which is correct? I have already committed to two holiday parties on that evening, so I'm going to have to _________ decline your invitation. a. graciously b. gratefully


July 30, 2012  8:50 PM

ingenuous vs. disingenuous



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, made-up words, non-words

Which is correct? The media is being __________ when it follows a vendor's lead and calls a blatant marketing event a "news conference." a. ingenuous b. disingenuous

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July 29, 2012  5:53 PM

Ingenuous or ingenious — what’s the difference?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, commonly confused terms, commonly confused words, commonly misunderstood terms, word meanings

Which is correct? The reason spam continues to make money for the people who send it is that a tiny number of recipients are _________ enough to respond to it. The trick is to send out a large enough volume...


July 29, 2012  10:52 AM

Quiz: Commonly confused words



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused terms, commonly confused words, Quiz

It's a wonderful thing, in many ways, but the Internet has a lot to answer to in other areas -- grammar not the least of them. We've got eggcorns, words that were created from mistakes, and bizarre misunderstandings that the Web seems to spread, if not actively promote. Can you select the...


July 27, 2012  3:34 PM

What’s the difference between an architecture and an infrastructure?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused terms, commonly confused words, the difference between, word meanings

Which is correct? In information technology, an ___________ specifies the overall structure, logical components, and the logical interrelationships of an information system. a. architecture b. infrastructure


July 17, 2012  2:21 PM

The difference between racking your brain and wracking your brain



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, commonly confused words, spelling

typing Which is correct? I've been ______ my brain but I cannot figure out how to get this


July 16, 2012  9:26 AM

Simplified vs. simplistic



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misunderstood terms, word meanings

Which is correct? The book "Virtualization for Dummies" provides a ___________ explanation of...


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