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Style: Hell of a OR helluva?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SoSueMe, May 21, 2007.

  1. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    Which is it?
  2. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    The first one.
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    helluva... I feel its one of the few times NOT to fix a quote.
    Did the person say "Hell of a" or "helluva"
  4. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Whichever they said.

    If the coach said that little Johnny made a "helluva running catch" that's what I'd write.
  5. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Hate helluva. Hate it.
  6. Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown Member

    Helluva is not a word. If you guys can hear a difference between "helluva" and "hell of a" you have different hearing skills than I do. Just because a person says it fast doesn't make it a word. Would you write "waytogo" instead of "way to go"? Same thing, in my opinion. I wince when I see helluva. It's got to be a made-up word from the 1960s that "scribes" fell in love with and keep using, even though they shouldn't.
  7. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    I always lean toward "hell of a" but I see helluva so often, I had to ask.
  8. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    This is a shitty answer, but I actually kind of just go by the tone of the story and what fits better in the quote for me.
  9. statrat

    statrat Member

    Hell of a...or in my paper "H*** of a."
  10. Sandoval

    Sandoval Member


  11. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    You're all going to hell for cussing.

    Oops, so am I.

    Dammit (at this point it's a lost cause anyway).
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Ditto. Ditto.
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