Tuesday, March 29, 2005

AP Style: Fundraiser -- ditch the hyphen; Best-seller, add it


AP, bowing to what has become common usage, as of today changes its style.

fundraiser, fundraising: One word in all cases.

May the hyphenated form RIP.

(Now, will it address the usually ignored distinction it makes between "good will" and "goodwill"?)

In a late-afternoon message, AP also has made best-seller hyphenated in all uses, including the noun. That construction always has seemed more natural to me, although I don't see why AP didn't just to all the way and use "bestseller," the first-listed spelling in Webster's.


At 4/5/05, 12:06 PM, Blogger Gary said...

Does this refer to nouns too? "A fund raiser from the foundation will speak today."

At 4/5/05, 2:40 PM, Blogger Doug said...

Yes, that would be what the AP means by all cases. Previously, you used the hyphenated form. (AP's example was "A fund-raiser was hired.)

At 7/15/09, 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you no longer use the hyphen when you are using it as an adjective, as in "fund-raising activities?"


At 7/15/09, 4:16 PM, Blogger Doug said...

That's correct. It's one word in all cases.


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