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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 Active 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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