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April 11, 2013  12:48 PM

Torturous path or tortuous?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, Errors in the media, ESL, word meanings

Which is correct? Poor Apple Maps. It took a ________ path, full of twists and turns that were not adequately described in the directions, ending in firings and apologies. a. torturous b. tortuous

March 19, 2013  12:33 PM

Is that your queue to leave or your cue to leave?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, ESL, Google poll, meanings of common expressions

Which is correct? When the wedding DJ puts on Macarena, that's my ______________. a. queue to leave b. que to leave c. cue to leave

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February 19, 2013  12:50 PM

The difference between “aw” and “awe”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misspelled words, ESL, parts of speech, Paul Brians, spelling

Which is correct? I liked the photo of my friend's new puppy and commented "____, what a cutie! But why did you name him Puddles?" a. Aw b. Awe


February 13, 2013  2:01 PM

Is the expression “one and the same” or “one in the same”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misunderstood phrases, commonly misused expressions, ESL, Paul Brians

Which is correct? Microsoft’s approach with Windows 8 is that tablets and PCs are ____________: same interface, same apps, same...


January 16, 2013  7:56 PM

Most stupid or stupidest? Rules, and exceptions to them, for comparatives and superlatives



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
adverbs and adjectives, CIO, comparatives and superlatives, ESL

Which is correct? Some human engineering efforts are so blatant that they fool only the ________ end users. a. most stupid b. stupidest


January 11, 2013  1:24 PM

Calfs vs. calves; wifes vs. wives; roofs vs. rooves



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Anachronisms, archaic speech and grammar, archaic words and phrases, changing spelling rules, ESL, non-standard plurals, pluralization

Which is correct? Because black absorbs light (which equates to heat) and white reflects it, white is a better option for data center _____. a. roofs b. rooves Answer: Either, depending on where you are. Explanation: In the U.S.,...


December 6, 2012  11:35 AM

‘Tis the season or t’is the season?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
apostrophe abuse, apostrophes, contractions, ESL

  Which is correct? Be careful shopping online: According to security experts, ____ the season for identity theft. a. 'tis b. t'is


December 3, 2012  3:26 PM

Devote vs. devout



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, commonly misspelled words, ESL, Google poll

  Which is correct? Ray Bradbury was a _______ Luddite but he allowed Fahrenheit 451 to be produced as an eBook -- although it was only...


November 30, 2012  3:30 PM

threshold or threshhold?



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

  Which is correct? The Scottish tradition of first-footing involves being the first person to step across a friend or neighbor's _______ after midnight on January 1. a. threshold b. threshhold


November 27, 2012  2:43 PM

Do you wish you hadn’t done that — or that you wouldn’t have done it?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common grammar errors, ESL, non-standard grammar, verb tense, verb tenses

Which is correct? Mark Zuckerberg said he wished they _______ decided to work only with HTML5 instead of native apps for Facebook mobile development. a. hadn't b. wouldn't have


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