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Sep 28 2009   2:41PM GMT

Take a different tact — or tack?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
When we learned that our relaxed approach to VoIP security made us more vulnerable to corporate espionage, we decided it was time to take a different ____.
a. tack
b. tact

Answer: a

Tack, in this context, is synonymous with approach. It comes from sailing, where to take another tack means to set a new course.

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