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In your face, hyphens
« on: September 21, 2007, 12:21:04 PM »



Thousands of hyphens perish as English marches on
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LONDON (Reuters) - About 16,000 words have succumbed to pressures of the Internet age and lost their hyphens in a new edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

Bumble-bee is now bumblebee, ice-cream is ice cream and pot-belly is pot belly.

And if you've got a problem, don't be such a crybaby (formerly cry-baby).

The hyphen has been squeezed as informal ways of communicating, honed in text messages and emails, spread on Web sites and seep into newspapers and books.

"People are not confident about using hyphens anymore, they're not really sure what they are for," said Angus Stevenson, editor of the Shorter OED, the sixth edition of which was published this week.
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Some of the 16,000 hyphenation changes in the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, sixth edition:

Formerly hyphenated words split in two:

fig leaf

hobby horse

ice cream

pin money

pot belly

test tube

water bed

Formerly hyphenated words unified in one:

bumblebee

chickpea

crybaby

leapfrog

logjam

lowlife

pigeonhole

touchline

waterborne
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2007, 12:29:09 PM »

It's OK. E-A-G-L-E! will keep the hyphen alive.
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2007, 12:44:32 PM »

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2007, 12:52:07 PM »

Irony

They are but they aren't.
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2007, 01:54:24 PM »

It's OK. E-A-G-L-E! will keep the hyphen alive.

lol!  I most certainly will! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2007, 03:44:29 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2007, 05:31:40 PM »

Interesting article.
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2007, 05:31:53 PM »

It's OK. E-A-G-L-E! will keep the hyphen alive.

lol Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2007, 05:33:48 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2007, 05:59:02 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2007, 06:13:43 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2007, 06:16:20 PM »

As long as they don't mess with the semi-colon (which still has a hyphen).
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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2007, 06:16:50 PM »

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Yes, but the point is to try to use as many hyphens as possible.
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2007, 07:07:21 PM »

Yes, but the point is to try to use as many hyphens as possible.

Foiled again.  Dash the luck.
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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2007, 07:43:40 PM »

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