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Her Job is to “Window-dress” the “Window Dressing”

With the holiday shopping season comes displays of all kinds: at the home, the department store or the desk, to name three sites.

As your eyes feast on all the decorations and color, take a moment to admire the window dressing, and if possible, be sure to find the person who window-dressed the display.

When I see these words misused, the hyphen (or absence of) causes the problem more times than not. So, to be clear:

Window-dress is a verb and takes the hyphen. Window dressing  or window dress is a noun and takes no hyphen.

I hope you’ll never look at department store displays the same way again; and if you see Rhoda, be sure to tell her so.

Until next time! Use the right words!


December 1, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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