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Let's talk about the words best seller and best-selling.
Should best seller be one word, two words, or hyphenated?
And the answer is . . .
According to CMoS, both words follow the same guideline:
"As a noun, they would be two words. As an adjective, they are hyphenated."
It is never correct to be one word according to Webster's Third New International Dictionary and Chicago Manual of Style.
She is a best-selling author. (ADJECTIVE)
Her best-selling book went to the top of the charts quickly. (ADJECTIVE)
She has written several best sellers. (NOUN)
Her book is on both the New York Times and Amazon Best Seller list. (NOUN)
Can someone show me a sentence using 'best selling' as a noun? Or 'best-seller' as an adjective? I'm so confused.
NYTimes spells them both as two words... However, at least some NYTimes Best Selliing authors have 'NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR' on their cover.
What I do find, though... is there just doesn't seem to be ANY consistency with these words. Oy vey.
Regardless, go write that best seller so you can be a best-selling author, too.
Spread the word!
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