Saturday, June 17, 2006

Children Book

What do you call an instruction manual for users?

  • user's guide
  • users guide
  • user guide
  • users' guide
According to the The New York Public Library Writer's Guide to Style and Usage, "users guide" is one correct style:

Although an apostrophe is not incorrect in terms like the following, increasingly it is omitted when the sense of the term is descriptive rather than possessive - that is, when for is meant rather than of.

teachers college
boys clubs
Merchants Bank
officers club
travelers checks
users manual

The name of the publication is a little ironic ("Writer's Guide" rather than "Writers Guide").

The implications of their reasoning are also interesting. What is a book for children? A children book?

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