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February 15, 2013  5:01 PM

illeism, nosism and other affectations



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Affectations, plurals, word meanings

Which is correct? If you are prone to nosism, what do you have a tendency to do? a. Intentionally disobey grammar rules b. Look down on people with poor grammar c. Speak of yourself as plural d. Speak of yourself in the third person e. Supply vague answers to questions

February 6, 2013  8:10 PM

What’s a malapropism?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, types of errors, word meanings

A malapropism is the use of a mistaken word that bears some resemblance to the correct one, usually to comic effect.  Not quite as similar to the correct word as an eggcorn, which is a wrong word that sounds the same or almost the same as the word it replaces, a malapropism usually has the same...


February 5, 2013  5:28 PM

What does “illeism” mean?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
word meanings, writing, writing for business

Which is correct? If you are prone to illeism, what do you have a tendency to do? a. Intentionally disobey grammar rules b. Speak of yourself in the third person c. Supply vague answers to questions


February 1, 2013  1:43 PM

appropriate vs. expropriate



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly confused words, word choice, word meanings

Which is correct? I just have one question, before we adjourn: Who ____________ the X-Box from the lounge? a. appropriated b. expropriated

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December 21, 2012  10:15 PM

In regard to or in regards to?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misused expressions, word meanings

  Which is correct? In _______ to your meeting request, could we hold off until the first of the year? a. regard b. regards Continued...

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December 11, 2012  4:52 PM

Is that a factoid or a bit of trivia?



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

Which is correct? Here's a ___________: The NORAD Santa tracker was developed as a result of a wrong number call to NORAD's commander-in-chief's operations hotline. a. bit of seasonal trivia b. seasonal...


December 10, 2012  5:58 PM

Facts vs. factoids



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly misunderstood terms, word choice, word meanings

Which is correct? A commonly stated ______: Apple's corporate address is 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, Ca. a. factoid b. fact


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 19, 2012  3:09 PM

Oneself or one’s self?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
busines writing, CIO, Twitter, word meanings

  Which is correct? Twitter tip: Don't call yourself by name in your profile bio, use "I" or "me" instead. Speaking about _________ in the third person sounds pretentious and psychologically unstable. a. one's self b. oneself


November 11, 2012  7:22 PM

Whoa or woah?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, word meanings

Which is correct? _____ Over 25 percent of the time, this word is misspelled online. a. Whoa! b. Woah!


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