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Subject: Re: Further hyphenation thoughts
From: Michael Brady <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 17 May 2002 13:32:55 -0400

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> Let's try definition as an expository tool:
> African American: an American born in Africa.
> African-American: an American descended from Africans.
> This distinction seems to hold with similar combinations such as
> "German Canadian" and "German-Canadian".
> Grammatically, it seems like the unhyphenated version implies
> jointure, equality between the parts; while the hyphenated version
> implies that an X-Y is a X-flavoured version of Y.

From my reading of the manuscript, the two terms are used identically to refer
to the same category of residents of the US.

> Perhaps I'm being overly subtle.

--I trust I make myself obscure?
--Perfectly, Thomas.

More to Norfolk, from "A Man for All Seasons"

Michael Brady

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