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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...

August 8, 2012  1:25 PM

What’s the difference between software, programs and applications?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, confusing words, tech writing, technology, word meanings

Which is correct? An operating system (OS) is the ________ that, after being initially loaded into the computer by a boot program,...


December 20, 2010  11:48 PM

If you’ve got more than one of them, are they computer mice or mouses?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, computer mice or mouses, confusing words, grammar, plural of mouse, pluralization, Quiz

Which is correct? The office only provided four ______ for the six laptops because they assumed at least a couple of users would be happy with the


April 8, 2010  10:41 PM

Valuable or invaluable?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, confusing words, grammar, health information, health information sharing, health IT, Quiz, valuable vs. invaluable, word meanings

Which is correct? According to some critics, the sharing of health data among organizations will provide ___________ source of information for insurance providers seeking to deny claims. a. a valuable b. an invaluable


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