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commonly misused words


January 14, 2010  5:33 PM

Sarah Palin and her elk? What a lovely eggcorn!



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misunderstood terms, commonly misused words, corporate governance, eggcorns, grammar, ilk vs. elk, Quiz, spelling, word meanings

Which is correct? The ever-increasing emphasis on good corporate governance is partially a response to the malfeasance of Bernie Madoff and his ____. a. ilk b. elk

January 7, 2010  1:28 PM

Do you meet a limit or reach it?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, grammar, Quiz, word choice

Which is correct? You should explore data archiving long before there's a risk that your storage limit will be _____. a. met b. reached

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December 18, 2009  2:00 PM

Is that network insecure or unsecure?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, grammar, insecure or unsecure, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? The bottom line seems to be that you can't browse securely on an ________ network. a. insecure b. unsecure

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December 8, 2009  2:18 PM

Supposedly vs. supposably



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, data warehousing, grammar, supposedly or supposably

Which is correct? Although data warehousing was ________ going to be a panacea for enterprise data problems, things haven't worked out that way. a. supposedly b. supposably


November 16, 2009  3:13 PM

Criteria or criterion?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
agenda, agendum, Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, criteria / criterion, grammar, pluralization, Quiz, spam

Which is correct? One important ________ for security assurance is documentation of application security measures in development. a. criterion b. criteria

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October 20, 2009  1:30 PM

Purposely or purposefully?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misused words, grammar, purposely or purposefully, Quiz, word meanings

Which is correct? Although most information breaches aren't committed _________, the effects can be just as serious as if there had been a security attack. a. purposely b. purposefully


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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August 4, 2009  5:14 PM

Every day vs. everyday — when to use which?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misused words, every day or everyday, Quiz

typing Which is correct? In late 2008, Nortel and T-Mobile tested LTE under __________ conditions. a. every day b....


June 22, 2009  2:29 PM

Which is correct — pique or peak or peek?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Add new tag, Business writing, CIO, commonly misused expressions, commonly misused words, peak pique or peek, Quiz, spelling

typing Which is correct? The proliferation of


May 29, 2009  1:33 PM

Which is correct — simple or simplistic?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misused words, Quiz, simple or simplistic

typing Which is correct? A good markup language should be as ________ as possible, rather than needlessly...


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