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Ivy Wigmore
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Writing about new-fangled technology since the turn of the century.
Writing about new-fangled technology since the turn of the century.

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Essentially, if we want to address our many problems with substance abuse, we have to work towards developing a culture, environment and community that support real human life.

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Our Word of the Day today is cognitive computing: The simulation of human thought processes in a computerized model.

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Tree-climbing goats of Morocco. So, yeah. How can you not follow Interesting Things? 
The Incredible Tree-Climbing Goats of Morocco

Before you jump to conclusions: no, these were not created by a bored geek in Photoshop. Amazingly, these uncanny animals are actually real: they climb the Argan trees of Morocco in search of food, which is otherwise sparse in the region.

Over time they have become not only able to climb trees but downright adept at the art – the traipse across trees with a sure-footedness that is hard to imagine from a hoofed animal.

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Combine this with a walking desk and I might be able to keep going with this gig for a couple more years.
Do you wear glasses and sit in front of a screen for hours at a time? Under development at MIT is vision-correcting display technology. Read more on Tech Page One:  http://dell.to/1ANIMFl

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I've been coming across "all be it" fairly often recently. It occurs to me that there are two main reasons people have problems with "albeit" (and lots of other words): People who only hear it think it's three words and people who only see it in text are baffled as to how to pronounce it. I've seen "all-bait," "all-beet" and "all-bite" as guesses at pronunciation. 

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Big-ass, lazy-ass, fancy-ass ... "Ass" as an intensifier -- and why we need hyphens

The other day someone tweeted about buying a big ass pizza and I started to think about the use of "ass" to amplify the word it's attached to. 

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I was writing about crisis management recently and it occurred to me that the plural of crisis is another of those tricky irregular ones. Sure enough, I found 30,200 Google hits for crisies and 101,000 for crisises. Both wrong. Maybe there are four sure things: death, taxes, crises and spelling errors.

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I was writing about the convoluted relationship between "enormity" and "enormousness" yesterday. Both originally had the meaning of extreme evil but that meaning only survived for "enormity." The two words are accepted as synonyms today, despite some vehement protestations online. 

What do they have to do with Tesla? The enormity of the injustice done him. And how does The Oatmeal come into it? His valiant attempt to redress that injustice. 

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Some bridges are for burning. Although "we'll burn that bridge when we come to it" is a mixed metaphor, it might also be a useful expression. And then there's the other option ...

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New on the Writing for Business blog: I learn that more people writing online think the expression is "my que to leave" than "my cue to leave." I stumbled on that fact when I was writing the previous day's post on welp, in the form of "Welp, that's my queue to leave." See also, "aw" vs. "awe." Apparently, a lot of people don't realize those are two different words. 
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