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Another Style Question

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Pete Incaviglia, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    Okay, so we all know there is no real need to say 'on' when referring to a day.

    Example: I went to the store Saturday. Not: I went to the store on Saturday.

    However, let's look at these two sentences:
    1) The Podunk Penguins lost to the Bumville Badgers Saturday.
    2) The Podunk Penguins lost to the Bumville Badgers on Saturday.

    I prefer the first sentence, if only to save a word.

    I have a friend who uses 'on' when two words beginning with an upper case letter come consecutively in the setence, just to break it up.

  2. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Break up proper nouns. Otherwise, no "on" needed.
  3. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    What Wicked said. Use on when you have proper nouns together.
  4. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Unless you're the Chicago Tribune, which seems to ignore this point.
  5. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    So does AP on occasion, but all those caps together are hard to read, and our job is to make it easier on readers.
  6. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Oh, I agree. It's just funny how often respected, talented writers ignore this rule.
  7. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    i once wrote a gamer about a local team playing a school way out of the coverage zone when i was still a writer. at some point in the piece, i strung together these four words: Friday Harbor on Friday.

    the fucking SE, being the genius he was and still is, changed my words to: Friday Harbor Friday.

    the day i became an SE, i have been inflexable about breaking up proper nouns.
  8. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    My old old shop didn't use on at any point -- no breaking up of proper nouns.

    Sadly, I learned the rule on SportsJournalists.com.
  9. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Being redundant because, well, whatever. Break up the proper nouns with "on."
  10. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

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