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    Website sections

    hi all,

    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!

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    Re: Website sections

    Quote Originally Posted by superflytnt View Post
    hi all,

    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!
    Hello superflytnt, welcome to the forums. It depends really whether the title is referring to the column as a whole, in which case "Talking Point" would be appropriate, or to the various subjects written about by the columnists, where "Talking Points" would be better.


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    Re: Website sections

    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... :)

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    Re: Website sections

    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?

    Edit:

    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 11:30.

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    Re: Website sections

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    Edit:

    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!
    Yes, that's what I was trying to say.

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    Re: Website sections

    Quote Originally Posted by superflytnt View Post
    hi all,

    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!

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    Superflytnt,


    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

    party, bad.

    *****

    Please let us know what heading you decided to use.

    Good luck on the website.

    THANK YOU

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