Hyphens with Common Prefixes, Part 2
The current trend is to do away with unnecessary hyphens with common prefixes.
However, there are exceptions.
Exception: Hyphenate all words beginning with self except for selfish and selfless.
Exception: Use a hyphen with the prefix ex.
Example: His ex-wife sued for nonsupport.
Exception: Hyphenate prefixes when they come before proper nouns.
Posted on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011, at 10:33 am