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Old 09-21-2007, 04:00 AM   #1
Richard Waller
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Default Demise of the hyphen

Hot from the press, the new Shorter Oxford English Dictionary highlights the decreasing use of the hyphen. 16000 words have lost their hyphens. Apparently it is too much trouble for users of txt and email, so out they go.

Fig leaf and pot belly are now separate words. Pidgeonhole and leapfrog are merged together.

A pity. And, always running counter-to-trends, I have recently been putting more of them in; and parallel to this I have been using more semi-colons.

   
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