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Style: Hell of a OR helluva?

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

  1. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    hell of a .... I'm with Moddy 100% on NEVER EVER EVER using helluva
  2. TyWebb

    TyWebb Well-Known Member

    It is a hell of a shock that this thread has breached two pages.
  3. MertWindu

    MertWindu Active Member

    Had one of mine changed to "helluva" recently (maybe even "heluva" - ack). But I think it should definitely be "hell of a"
  4. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    Story ran tonight for tomorrow. Used heck of a.

    It was part of the story, not a quote.

    At the risk of outing myself to some of my Canuckistan colleagues, the story was about a player who has started the season incredibly hot. He credits it to his new tinted contacts which he said make him look "demonic" and I bridged that quote to a paragrapgh of his stats with "A fitting description considering he's off to one hell of a start."

    But I chose heck being that it's not a quote and hell may still be considere inappropriate.
  5. Oz

    Oz Well-Known Member

    I've heard just as many coaches say "heckuva" ... um ... I mean "heck of a" in those instances.
  6. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    What about "gonna"?

    You can definitely hear a difference between that and "going to."
  7. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    It's a little late, but go with "hell of a" or "(heck) of a" not helluva.
  8. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    [blue]CNHI is a Hell of a company to work for.[/blue]
  9. Jones

    Jones Active Member

    Not to threadjack, Sue -- but are these the Nike soccer lenses you're talking about? I've just ordered a pair. I guess they're orange and on blue eyes look like shit, but I've heard they will take me from a mediocre keeper to a below average one.

    Is that what you're talking about? If so, I'm damn excited to try 'em.
  10. John

    John Well-Known Member

    My eye doctor gave me a pair of the green ones to try the next time I play golf. He said they would make a huge difference. I don't really believe him, but I didn't want to say no because he's a helluva nice guy.

    If nothing else, I want to get a photo of me with bright green eyes.
  11. Jones

    Jones Active Member

    Yeah, John, I saw the golf ones too. Just ordered the soccer ones for now. Let me know how you like the others.
  12. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    No one has ever said "helluva."

    They may speak fast enough so that it sounds like all the words are squeezed together, but in our casual language today it also sounds like people say "would of" instead of "would have" and we don't change this.

    It's "hell of a" — always.
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