The newspaper I work at is launching a new website, and one of the sections is named "Talking Points" -- which basically consists of short, daily opinion pieces by our columnists.
The thing is: some of us are at loggerheads over whether it should be Talking Points, or Talking Point (singular or plural). I prefer the singular, which just sounds "right" to me (it would be an Opinion page, not an Opinions page?).
can anyone help to settle this debate? If it's not just a matter of personal preference, and one or the other is technically correct, can someone explain why?
thanks in advance!
thanks for the welcome!
well, I guess the title could refer to either. both the section as a whole or the various subjects. The columns are all business/finance-focused, although each obviously is a separate subject.
is this then just a matter of personal preference? I'm all confused now... :)
Just my opinion, but I suggest you reconsider calling it "Talking Point(s)" because the phrase has negative connotations for many people.
Do you mean to suggest that your columnists will be repeating superficially persuasive arguments that are designed to support a particular political agenda? Even if you are mostly regurgitating press releases, do you really want to admit that?
I think bhaisahab is saying that if there is one talking point at a time then you should call it "Talking Point", but if the section contains multiple talking points, call it "Talking Points". I think!
Last edited by Munch; 26-Nov-2010 at 10:30.
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I also vote for "Talking Points" if you are going to include
various views. I agree with you, however, that "Opinion"
would be better than "Opinions," but I cannot explain why.
My local newspaper (one of the Top 5 in the States) used to
have a great Sunday section called "Opinion." I think that
"Opinions" would sound strange, but I cannot explain why.
You probably already know the British (I think!!!) refer to
"sport" while Americans prefer "sports."
Munch was very correct about the term "talking point." Perhaps you
are not aware that in the States that term is considered negative.
For example, when Democratic or Republican bigshots go on TV
discussion shows, everyone knows that they bring talking points with
them. That is, ideas (or even the exact words) that they want to
express in order to make their political party look good, and the other
Please let us know what heading you decided to use.
Good luck on the website.