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Ball-handling or Ball handling

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by smsu_scribe, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. smsu_scribe

    smsu_scribe Guest

    I seem to see this one used both ways.
  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    I prefer fondling
  3. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Del: You play with your balls a lot.
    Neal: I do NOT play with my balls.
    Del: Larry Bird doesn't do as much ball-handling in one night as you do in an hour!
    Neal: Are you trying to start a fight?
    Del: No. I'm simply stating a fact. That's all. You fidget with your nuts a lot.
    Neal: You know what'd make me happy?
    Del: Another couple of balls, and an extra set of fingers?
  4. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    Does it really matter?

    Who really gives a shit if it's ball-handling or ball handling. Just go with your gut instinct and wait while your newspaper figures out a folding date.
  5. smsu_scribe

    smsu_scribe Guest

    I figured someone here would catch feelings over my very intrusive question.
  6. BYH

    BYH Active Member

  7. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

  8. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    As always, hyphenate when used as a compound modifier.

    So, "Mary Jane Rottencrotch's ballhandling has really improved," coach Mustache McPervy said.

    But, "Kristie Jean Twatwaffle needs to work on her ball-handling skills," senior guard Dave Dong said. "She forgets to mind the stepchildren."
  9. luckyducky

    luckyducky Guest

    Best use-it-in-context example ever.
  10. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    sports styleguide, my second bible after AP, is ball-handling, so I stick with that.
  11. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

  12. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Great, funny examples, but it does raise an important point. Whatever form of the word you use, never -- EVER -- use the term "ball handling" or "ball handling skills" in a story about a female athlete.
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