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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by FireJimTressel.com, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. It is NOT "cross-country." :mad:

    It simply is "cross country."

    I don't know how it got started that people started hyphenating it, but it's wrong.
  2. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    Probably here

    But AP stylebook says it's two words.
  3. OK, I guess I meant there is no hyphen when simply referred to as a sport.

    "I ran cross country in high school."

    Also... "The team won the cross country meet."
  4. subhead

    subhead Member

    "I'm going on a cross-country trip."
  5. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    The Sports Style Guide hyphenates as a modifier.

    To me, this is another one of those "just do it the same way all the time," and either/or.
  6. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    It may help to use the same style as your state high school athletic association. I had a coach shot me an email that thanked me for using the state associations style when other papers he had read did not.
  7. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    That depends if the state association is correct. I'm guessing that most people in the state association didn't major in English.
  8. ondeadline

    ondeadline Well-Known Member

    It's "cross country" but a "cross-country meet."
  9. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    That's what I thought.

    Sort of like, I scored on the power play, but I scored a power-play goal.
  10. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    Yes, but you wouldn't call it a track-and-field meet. It would just be a track and field meet.
  11. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Is "nit-picking" hyphenated?
  12. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    Among many word pairs that are hyphenated as a modifier, but simply two words as a noun.
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