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Sunday, September 23, 2007

The end of the hyphen? and other stories

The Oxford English Dictionary has reported that 16,000 hyphenated words have been dispensed with in the current edition. Losses include:

  • Fig-leaf
  • Hobby-horse
  • Ice-cream
  • Pin-money
  • Pot-belly
  • Test-tube
All will be two words. While the following have been amalgamated:
  • Bumblebee
  • Chickpea
  • Crybaby
  • Leapfrog
  • Logjam
There are going to be some irritating instances will Spell-check or should it be Spell Check or Spellcheck?
My Spell Check says the last one is incorrect, but the first two are correct!

Don't despair for those that are interested in environmental and other issues there are plenty of new hyphen unambiguous words:

  • Carbon footprint
  • Chelsea tractor
  • WAGs
  • Nanny state


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