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January 16, 2014  11:28 AM

Is it “all be it” or “albeit”?



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

Which is correct?

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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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October 17, 2013  5:11 PM

Sock puppets, sock puppetry and Internet shills: Misinformation vs. disinformation



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, word meanings

Which is correct?

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August 20, 2013  7:06 PM

Bury the lede or bury the lead — and what does it mean, anyway?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic words and phrases, CIO, meanings of common expressions, spelling, word meanings

Which is correct?

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August 8, 2013  5:01 PM

Vocabulary: reorg, exhaustipated



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
made-up words, portmanteaus, word meanings

What does this sentence mean?

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June 6, 2013  9:10 PM

Enormity vs. immensity, Tesla and The Oatmeal



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, word meanings, word origins

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May 15, 2013  1:20 PM

Oxymorons that don’t hold up to even cursory scrutiny



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, oxymorons, word meanings

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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


April 4, 2013  12:38 PM

Can you figure out what this sentence means? (No, you can’t.)



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, grammatical puzzles, polysemy, word meanings

What does this sentence mean? As a result of the accountant's oversight, the company was sanctioned. a. The company got approval because the accountant missed something. b. The company was penalized because the accountant missed something. c. The company got approval because...


February 20, 2013  10:26 PM

Metaphors, malaphors and Yogi Berra



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, funny errors, word meanings

Malaphor is not a word yet but it's a useful term that may yet get there. The term itself is a portmanteau -- a word combined from parts of two other words -- of malapropism and metaphor. Lawrence Harrison coined malaphor, back in August of 1976, in a Op Ed piece in the...


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