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January 18, 2010  6:55 PM

Founder or flounder? (Neither is good but one is worse than the other.)



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, founder or flounder, grammar, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct? Apple ________ for some time after Jobs left. a. foundered b. floundered Continued...

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January 6, 2010  2:06 PM

Averse or adverse?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
averse or adverse, Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? According to the principles of AI, a focus on problems and difficulties will generate more _______ situations. a. averse b. adverse

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December 21, 2009  5:14 PM

Bane (or bain) of my existence?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
bane or bain, Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, Google poll, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? Inefficient use of bandwidth is the _____ of the network administrator's existence. a. bane b. bain


December 17, 2009  5:54 PM

Ensure or insure?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, insure vs. ensure, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? A security policy should stipulate requirements for each department to _______ that confidential information and technologies are not compromised. a. insure b. ensure


December 14, 2009  7:43 PM

Test your metal or mettle?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, enterprise WAN, grammar, mettle vs. metal, network administration, Quiz

Which is correct? Keeping data flowing efficiently across an enterprise WAN tests the _______ of any system administrator. a. mettle b. metal


December 1, 2009  5:22 PM

Principle or principal?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, principal or principle, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? The seminar covered an introduction to the _________ wireless protocols. a. principal b. principle Answer:  a Continued...

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November 18, 2009  4:08 PM

“Preventive” or “preventative?”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, preventive / preventative, Quiz

Which is correct? The Red Flags Rule legislation was created as a __________ measure against identity theft. a. preventative b. preventive Continued...

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September 28, 2009  2:41 PM

Take a different tact — or tack?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misused expressions, grammar, homophones, Quiz, tact / tack

Which is correct? When we learned that our relaxed approach to VoIP security made us more vulnerable to corporate espionage, we decided it was time to take a different ____. a. tack b. tact


September 23, 2009  12:47 PM

“Composed of” or “comprised of”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misused words, compose / comprise, grammar, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct? An ODS may be ___________ various types of data that must connect to different components of an information system. a. composed of b. comprised of

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September 16, 2009  4:53 PM

Important tenets vs. important tenants



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, Quiz, tenet / tenant

Which is correct? An important ______ in security is that users should not have privileges they don't need to do their jobs. a. tenet b. tenant

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