Re: [stclwrsig-l] Developing a style guide

Subject: Re: [stclwrsig-l] Developing a style guide
From: Margaret Cekis <margaret -dot- cekis -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: Robin Davidson <robin_davidson -at- futurepos -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 20:00:24 +0000 (UTC)

Robin Davidson asked about "Developing a style guide" and "The term that is driving me nuts is point of sale. I've seen it written as:
point of sale
Point of Sale
I think that "point of sale" is one of those terms that is in transition between being a word phrase and a compound word. As such, it is separate words in a phrase when it is a noun, and hyphenated when it is an adjective:
Noun example: We need to serve our customers better, both at the point of sale and afterward.

Adjective example: The new store needed more point-of-sale cashiers. There were long lines at every register.

My company tends to abbreviate it to POS. That's another way of avoiding the consistency problem.
Margaret Cekis, Johns Creek GA

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