May I add my hyphenation comments ...
Two words often used together eventually become hyphenated,
finally become one word. The language travels only in this
direction, never the reverse.
Next two words that need to become hyphenated: front side.
This is because backside is already one word. Apparently we used
backside so much more than front side that it got ahead of its opposite.
My Cc: is to leading lexicographer Laurence Urdang. Larry, if you have
a response, I may take it to this group.
There is another rule of hyphenation in the Associated Press
Style book: Put a hyphen between any two words when you believe
it will make the meaning more clear to your readers. [Occasionally
headlines in my weekly newsletters are guided by this AP rule.]
Before you fault me for misuse of brackets above, allow me
to explain. Reporters for AP are not permitted to use brackets, because
they will not travel over news wires. So I sometimes use brackets,
merely because AP cannot.
My MM2000s weekly newsletters are now archived in my
site a day after publication. Vol 3 MM 23 is scheduled for
release tonight. Might be delayed by a day.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Christina Thiele" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2002 2:37 PM
Subject: Re: Hyphenation rules
> Michael Brady writes:
> > ...
> > before the early 90s, but that's when I began to see co-workers become
> > coworkers.
> > ...
> Must've been when the phrase `Don't have a cow, man' came into
> fashion, I guess ... ;-)