A few cases of hyphen death

This could signal the death of the hyphen. So many professional writers and editors have no idea when to use a hyphen. Maybe we should just give up on the little horizontal stripe.

Just take a look at the number of hyphenation abominations the folks for yahoo.com commit in a single day.

They don’t know that you never put a hyphen after an adverb ending in LY:

and here:

They love using a hyphen to divide a word (like skintight):

But they omit the hyphen in a word like off-guard:

and brand-new:

They forget a hyphen in a number-unit of measurement combination:

They just don’t know that you don’t include a hyphen in a number-unit of measurement combination when the unit of measure is abbreviated:

and here:

If these geniuses — who are paid real money to write — can’t use a hyphen correctly what chance do the rest of us have?

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One Response to “A few cases of hyphen death”

  1. Steve Price Says:

    Here’s a headline from the BBC news website where a hyphen would be very useful: ‘Runaway Horse Owner Pleads Guilty’.


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