8/08/2011

Unfortunately, this word is here to stay


As the markets continue to dive, it's getting more and more important to make a decision on how to handle selloff/sell-off/sell off.

It looks like The Wall Street Journal (see the headline above) and Bloomberg prefer selloff, though neither is consistent.

The Associated Press seems to to prefer sell-off. That makes sense, as there's no stylebook entry and AP refers to in such cases to the Webster's New World College Dictionary, which lists sell-off. But AP has some stray uses of selloff.

The incredibly well-edited New York Times remains unfailingly consistent in its use of sell-off.

Mr. Rewrite nudged the AP Stylebook's Twitter account for direction, but no word yet. Until then, he's sticking with sell-off.


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