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I went to university for this? (style question)

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by DGRollins, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. DGRollins

    DGRollins Member

    When writing about a pie eating contest, should it be pie-eating contest, or pie eating contest?

    Don’t ask and I kid you not.
  2. look for another job
  3. It has to be pie-eating contest. I'm sure someone else can explain it better, but pie is modifying eating, and that is modifying contest. That means you hyphenate it.
    At least that's how I was taught.
  4. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    It can be either. Hyphenation is discretionary. You wouldn't hyphenate "high school sports," for example (or at least, I hope not).

    In this case, I kind of like the hyphen. But you can live without it.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I would hyphenate it but SF is correct.
  6. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    TTIUWOP (of the ladies)
  7. Mayfly

    Mayfly Active Member

    Pootang Pie?
  8. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    That was the joke.
  9. RokSki

    RokSki New Member

    I like Okie's and SF's takes. I would hyphenate it, personally.
  10. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    pootang-pie ski?
  11. DGRollins

    DGRollins Member


    I went with the hyphen. Maybe later, I'll post it in the workshop… ;) Hell, if nothing else the story will teach us all how write pie-eating contest in Mohawk (no hyphen there, BTW). And that’s a life skill we could all use.
  12. shotglass

    shotglass Guest


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