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commonly misused words


November 1, 2013  11:34 AM

Can you squash a rumor — or only beer cans and bugs?



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

Which is correct?

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December 21, 2012  10:33 PM

Is the rule changing on “comprised of”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misunderstood terms, commonly misused expressions, commonly misused phrases, commonly misused words, confusing words

  I had a comment, a while back, on this post about "comprised of." The correspondent wrote that, contrary to my conclusion, "comprised of" is acceptable in the UK. I know these things...


October 15, 2012  3:26 PM

“Us chickens” or “we chickens”? It depends on the case.



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common grammar errors, commonly misused words, fast guide, overcorrection, personal pronouns, pronouns

  Which is correct? The bring your own device (BYOD) policy is popular with employees but it really puts a strain on __ help...

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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


July 12, 2012  4:53 PM

Panaceas for everything!



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misused words, word meanings

What's wrong with the following sentence? Hard drive encryption is not a panacea for all data security problems.


June 11, 2012  3:16 PM

arrant vs. errant



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

Which is correct? Kill switch apps installed on employees' smartphones can allow business owners to disable any ________ devices when they are lost or stolen. a. arrant b. errant


September 20, 2010  4:08 PM

Use vs. utilize



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, Quiz, use vs. utilize, word meanings

Which is correct? An executive can _______ a business intelligence dashboard to get an up-to-the moment snapshot of how some element of the business is...


July 21, 2010  1:40 PM

Refute or repudiate — or refudiate?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
#shakespalin, Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, grammar, Quiz, refudiate, Sarah Palin

Which is correct? Steve Jobs used a formal four-point argument in the attempt to ________ claims that the iPhone's design is flawed. a. refute b. repudiate c. refudiate ...


June 7, 2010  3:07 PM

Substantial vs. substantive



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, grammar, Quiz, substantive vs. substantial, word meanings

Which is correct? Information extraction is a process intended to pull meaningful data from noisy text without making _________ changes in the author`s intended meaning. a. substantial b....


April 27, 2010  4:37 PM

Comprises or is comprised of?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, common grammar errors, commonly misused words, comprises or is comprised of, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? Data management is a broad area of study that ___________ many more specialized fields. a. comprises b. is comprised of


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