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Style. Who decides?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SoSueMe, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    So, here's how Canadian Press has decided to identify whether money is in US or Canadian dollars.

    Joe Blow signed a US$12 million contract today.

    Anyone else think this is idiotic?

    If this were reported on the TV it would be said as "Joe Blow signed a twelve million US dollar contract today." Or "Joe Blow signed a contract worth $12 million US dollars, today."

    So why wouldn't newspapers print $12 US million at the very least?!

    This drives me nuts. Who decides this shit?
  2. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Must be one of those French things.

    They have a tendency to take an adjective from its "normal" spot and move it somewhere awkward.
  3. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    I think that's how most international media refer to foreign currency. The Economist uses C$ for Canadian dollars and A$ for Australian dollars. It uses $ for U.S. dollars.
  4. T2

    T2 Member

    Right, it's just the way these things are done in the world of finance. Although in speech we say "two dollars," not "dollars two," in print we always use "dollars two" in the form $2. Then it only makes sense to attach the national identifier to the dollar sign it modifies.
  5. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    They also have a tendency to retreat with a white flag.
  6. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    Who cares where they put the US?
  7. WazzuGrad00

    WazzuGrad00 Guest

    Apparently, SoSueMe cares.

    I'd probably write, "$12 million Canadian" or "$12 million American."

    Although I've heard some Canadians don't like to use the adjective "American" to refer to the United States. I don't know if it's true, but the story I heard was that they feel Canadians have as much right to call themselves Americans as people from the U.S. do.
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