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goodbye hyphen
Posted: 13 October 2007 04:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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What about hyphentated adjectives? Surely there is a difference between the use of hyphens in the case of adjectives.
1. Your plan is to do it youself?
2. Did you buy a do-it-yourself kit?

In what sense is the second example served by doing away with the hyphens? For that matter, in what sense is it comprehensible without hypens?

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Posted: 13 October 2007 05:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Nobody’s saying it should be written without hyphens.

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Posted: 27 October 2007 05:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Has OUP got around to noting what Henry Fowler wrote, and they published, in about 1908?

“1. Hyphens are regrettable necessities, and to be done without when they reasonably may.

2. There are three degrees of intimacy between words, of which the first and loosest is expressed by their mere juxtaposition as separate words, the second by their being hyphened, and the third or closest by their being written continuously as one word. Thus, hand workers, hand-workers, handworkers.”

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