Don't send Mr. Rewrite 'hand-written' notes

Mr. Rewrite had occasion to confirm today that a note, grocery list, etc., is handwritten, not hand-written. The AP Stylebook offers no help, but Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, where AP turns for matters not covered by the stylebook, goes with handwritten.

It's the same story with handwriting. But the AP Stylebook goes with hand-washing, and the New World goes with hand-wringing.


Bill Greenlee said...

I have to say, who cares? Is there some chance that one could be misunderstood (or mis-understood) using one form versus the other? Without some further explanation or justification it sounds like six of one, half-dozen of the other to me. I would probably lean toward 'handwritten' myself out of habit, though.

Mr. Rewrite said...

Understood. A certain segment of the population observes Associated Press style to maintain consistency, and Mr. Rewrite tries to address things that may matter to that group. If this isn't something you care about, and there's no reason you should care unless you are bound by AP style, this probably isn't the place for you.