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Oxford Dictionary will delete hyphen in 16,000 English words
« on: September 23, 2007, 04:47:08 PM »
(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.

Another factor in the hyphen's demise is designers' distaste for its ungainly horizontal bulk between words.

"Printed writing is very much design-led these days in adverts and Web sites, and people feel that hyphens mess up the look of a nice bit of typography," he said. "The hyphen is seen as messy looking and old-fashioned."

source: Yahoo News
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Re: Oxford Dictionary will delete hyphen in 16,000 English words
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 06:43:20 AM »
Samok bitaw ang hyphens...
...than to speak out and remove all doubt." - Abraham Lincoln

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Re: Oxford Dictionary will delete hyphen in 16,000 English words
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2013, 03:05:53 PM »
will the comma follow suit?
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Re: Oxford Dictionary will delete hyphen in 16,000 English words
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2013, 04:24:39 PM »
will the comma follow suit?

Hmm, not, in, a, long, while, I guess,...

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