Re: VP Abbreviation

Subject: Re: VP Abbreviation
From: "David M. Brown" <dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 09 May 2001 18:30:37 -0700

Lurker writer wrote:
> According to the Handbook of Technical Writing, 3rd edition, "a hyphen is
> used with a prefix when the root word is a proper noun."

This applies to a usage like "non-English versions of Windows." ("Vice" isn't a prefix.)

> A Vice President, seemingly, would be the president of vice (sounds
> interesting...)
> A Vice-President is someone and something different altogether.

Horsefeathers--there's no hyphen in the title of a Vice President.

It might be hyphenated in an adjectival use (such as "vice-presidential duties"), but not otherwise.


David M. Brown - Brown Inc.
dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com

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