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What's with all the hyphens anymore?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by drexler, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. rtse11

    rtse11 Active Member

    I Am Not A Big Fan Of Press Releases, Particularly From Institutions Of (Supposedly) Higher Learning, In Which The Writer Insists On Capitalizing The First Letter Of Almost Every Word. (Johnny Smith was named Academic First Team All-Conference after leading the Fightin' Maruspials to a share of the Conference Championship and a berth in The NCAA National Tournament First Round.)
     
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  2. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    At least we can all agree that the Oxford comma is extraneous and most often deployed by people unfamiliar with re-writing a sentence so that you never need one. Ya know, bad writers.
     
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  3. rtse11

    rtse11 Active Member

    Who decided that AM/PM is acceptable. And phone numbers listed as 123.456.7890? They should be flogged.
     
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  4. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    I'm a digital content editor for a municipal website -- sexy -- and the calendar event creation unfortunately defaults to that. It's not an editable aspect of the content management system, so people are so used to it there that they make the mistake in copy. I correct it where I can and even have a style guide that everyone is supposed to adhere to. But we're working with union works who largely seek to due the bare minimum, which doesn't include adhering to AP style.
     
  5. justgladtobehere

    justgladtobehere Well-Known Member



    The guy is an editor at Random House. I agree with him.
     
  6. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    You're entitled to be wrong.

    BTW, Jackie Kennedy was an editor at Random House too. They ain't all Maxwell Perkins.
     
  7. justgladtobehere

    justgladtobehere Well-Known Member

    I don't get it. Put the comma in and avoid possible confusion. What's the problem?
     
  8. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    I have seen fisticuffs nearly break out in a newsroom over the Oxford comma. Stylization of Wal-Mart as well. No word of a lie.
     
  9. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

    For the comma fight, was it a situation in which peanut butter and jelly was the end of a series?

    Also, fuck Walmart | Wal-Mart | WalMart
     
  10. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Rewrite so it’s not an issue. The elimination of a comma is always a benefit
     
  11. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    Oh, I don't know about that.
     
  12. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    "That" should also be eliminated from most sentences. :D
     
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