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Bona fide vs. bonified: Surprise! “Bonified” is a word .

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Which is correct?
Amid all the vendor hype, it’s hard to understand the ________ benefits of cloud computing.
a. bona fide
b. bonified


Answer: a

Explanation:
Bona fide is a Latin term meaning in good faith. It’s more often used to mean authentic these days. Bonified is a common misspelling for it — and one that attracts a lot of mockery — but it’s actually a word. Bonify is a somewhat archaic term that means to make something good, especially something that was bad before. Both the bona of bona fide and the bon of bonify come from the Latin word for good, bonus.

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