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:
They love using a hyphen to divide a word (like skintight):
But they omit the hyphen in a word like off-guard:
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:
If these geniuses — who are paid real money to write — can’t use a hyphen correctly what chance do the rest of us have?