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October 29, 2012  1:52 PM

What was the first word transmitted on the Internet?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, Quiz, tech writing

The first word transmitted on the Internet, on Oct. 29, 1969, was "lo." The funny thing is, it was accidental. What word did they intend to type?

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July 29, 2012  10:52 AM

Quiz: Commonly confused words



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused terms, commonly confused words, Quiz

It's a wonderful thing, in many ways, but the Internet has a lot to answer to in other areas -- grammar not the least of them. We've got eggcorns, words that were created from mistakes, and bizarre misunderstandings that the Web seems to spread, if not actively promote. Can you select the...


June 19, 2012  2:00 PM

That vs. which (Part III)



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
grammar, Quiz, restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses, that or which

Which is correct? The most common method of wiping a hard drive is using a hard drive eraser ___________ overwrites data to render it unreadable. a. product, which b. product, that c. product that


August 23, 2011  4:27 PM

Just breath — or should that be “just breathe”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
breathe vs. breath, Business writing, commonly misspelled words, Quiz

typing Which is correct? The CEO thought he could ______ easily once the antivirus software was updated but...


June 21, 2011  12:52 PM

Nip it in the butt or in the bud?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly misused phrases, eggcorns, grammar, Quiz, writing errors

Which is correct? At the C-level management meeting, the CEO said that he knew there was a rumor starting to circulate about positions being


March 14, 2011  6:59 PM

Is the Singularity a hypothetical event — or a theoretical one?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, grammar, hypothetical vs. theoretical, Quiz, Singularity

Which is correct? The Singularity is a __________ future point when technology will have advanced beyond our ability to foresee or control its outcomes and the world transformed beyond recognition by the application of superintelligence to humans and/or human problems. a....


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


October 22, 2010  2:09 PM

Ad hoc, ad hock, add hoc, add hock?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ad hoc, ad hock, add hock, Business writing, CIO, commonly misspelled words, definitions, grammar, Quiz

Which is correct? You can customize an _________ report on the fly to find the answer to a question that isn't a part of regular reporting. a. ad hoc b. ad hock c. add hoc d. add hock


October 20, 2010  2:03 PM

Are you unphased or unfazed?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, commonly confused words, commonly misspelled words, fazed or phased, grammar, Quiz, spelling

Which is correct? The user-training for the new business intelligence software was extensive, in the hopes that employees would be __________ by the change. a. unphased b. unfazed


October 6, 2010  5:52 PM

Is that a trademark product or a trademarked product?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
adjectives, Business writing, CIO, dropped "ed", grammar, Quiz, trademark or trademarked

Which is correct? Microsoft has a _______ data summarization product called "PivotTable" although as two words, pivot table is generic. a. trademarked b. trademark


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