Category: Hyphens

Hyphen Help Us: E-mail vs. Email

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 6:17 pm

Nobody writes “electronic mail,” but how do you write the abbreviation—is it e-mail with a hyphen or its successor, email? It is a small matter that has larger implications: how, why, and when do accepted words and terms change forms? It seems no less than a miracle that all right has survived this long, despite …

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Media Watch

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 5:41 pm

Recent cringe-inducers from the print media … An upscale music venue ran ads for “An Evening With Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.” The second line said, “Formally of the 5th Dimension.” It was only after several weeks that someone caught the silly gaffe and sheepishly changed “Formally” to “Formerly.” From an article about a …

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Christmas ’Log Review

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 7:12 pm

Every year, for six weeks or so, I get a taste of what it’s like to be a superstar. From late October to early December, I am accosted daily by an aggressive mob of stalkers who know where I live. Their urgent need for my attention seems to be their only reason for being. No, …

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Hyphens with Common Prefixes, Part 2

Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 10:33 am

The current trend is to do away with unnecessary hyphens with common prefixes. Examples: noncompliance copayment semiconscious unending However, there are exceptions. Exception: Hyphenate all words beginning with the prefix self. Examples: self-assured self-respect self-addressed Exception: Use a hyphen with the prefix ex. Example: His ex-wife sued for nonsupport. Exception: Hyphenate prefixes when they come …

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Hyphenating Between Words

Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, at 1:47 pm

Many of us get confused about when to hyphenate between words. For example, should you write nearly-extinct wolves or nearly extinct wolves? Adverbs ending in -ly should not be hyphenated. In most cases it is compound adjectives–adjectives that act as one idea with other adjectives–that get hyphenated in front of nouns. Example: The crowd threw …

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