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By: Postcards from the Mothership » Apostrophe catastrophe

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 19:53:52 +0000

[...] defended the disappearing hyphen and debated the lowly comma, but it’s been a bloody good long time since we’ve had a [...]

By: Sara

Mon, 15 Oct 2007 16:16:03 +0000

PS. As far as 2 spaces after the period goes - when I was first taught HTML, I was taught that HTML ignores all spaces after the first, no matter what. Thus, on the Internet, nobody knows you're a two-spacer.

By: Sara

Mon, 15 Oct 2007 16:15:14 +0000

I love hypens. And commas. I love me some commas. Especially that Oxford Comma, which they will rip from my cold, dead, word processor. I just spent several hours putting a bunch of very necessary commas and hyphens into a very long paper, and my only regret is that I was not given enough time to read it deeply enough to make sure I put in ALL the necessary commas and hyphens.

By: yvonne

Mon, 15 Oct 2007 11:57:20 +0000

email has no hyphen :-) Email. Email. Email. (notice the 2 spaces after the period.)

By: Trixie

Sun, 14 Oct 2007 17:53:57 +0000

I'm a hyphen junkie myself, so it'll be tough to let go. But I never understood the double space after the period. Does it throw back to manual typesetting days? I've seen some centuries' old manuscripts, and those guys needed the sentence distinction. Bloggers? Not so much. As for serial commas, I avoid them just for look of a cleaner page, to be honest (I was raised on MLA. We hate sentence clutter). If I was to edit Liz's example, I'd start with this: "Today I bought four shirts." That's how people would know it was four shirts—I'd stick it right up there in the front. And conjunctions should never be used to start a sentence? But that would slash the heart out of my writing style! I think the grade school rule was in place to prevent sentence fragments, but grown-ups are allowed to play a little. Some editors might slice the "And" and "But" off my sentences above, but I'd slice back. It's all about flow ... I'm off topic, aren't I? Boo-hoo! Bye, hyphen!

By: hw

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 23:34:20 +0000

I love this post. It's really geekfully delightful. Love live the hyphen, and, two spaces after EVERY period.

By: slouching mom

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 19:08:30 +0000

Oh, it's GOT to be two spaces after a period. And Blogger always, always takes out the second space. Aargh. Also, hyphens: I do use them, and I am a stickler about them. (I'm a geek. So sue me.)

By: crazymumma

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 02:42:20 +0000

I don't know... I have always been a one thumb tap gal after a period.

By: liz

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 23:20:59 +0000

I am all about the hyphen, but then I am also all about the serial comma. The serial comma is a MUST! How else do you know how many shirts are being talked about in the following sentences: "Today I bought some shirts. One each of red, blue, black and purple". Now, if you write, "red, blue, black, and purple" you know you've got 4.

By: lugina

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 20:46:10 +0000

I like the hyphen. I think it can be confusing though. My teenager is forever asking me "is that one word or is it hyphenated?" I LOVE the double space after the period. It's how I learned to type and I couldn't stop if I wanted too. And, don't I feel silly, I thought maybe you spelled hyphen without the h in Canada! You know, some of our words are different.

By: DaniGirl

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 19:19:20 +0000

Argh! Do you know how many times I looked at that title WITHOUT seeing the typo? Thanks, Mama V. (Double argh -- I must have misspelled hyphen as hypen half a dozen times in this post. Apparently the second "h" is as extraneous as the hyphen itself!) Roz, it makes me just a little bit bitter that despite the extra care I take with that double-thwack, most word-processing software and blog interfaces reduce my beautiful double space to a single space. (And, I just LOVE how these grammar geek debates pull everyone out of the woodwork. I love my geeky grammar friends in the computer!)

By: Mama V

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 18:51:33 +0000

ok.. I'm a two-space-after-the-period fan myself, but I have a different question... Is it a hypen or a hyphen???

By: Karen

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 18:40:58 +0000

Oh-my-god?- Ohmigod? - OMG?!!!!! I don't know what I'm gonna do if the world ceases to use hyphens. I use them ad nauseum, and most probably incorrectly. There's an odd beauty in the way they linky-link words together. I also am a two space period girl. I didn't realize we were becoming extinct as well.

By: cinnamon gurl

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 17:20:44 +0000

Ok, just read the article about the serial comma. May I point out the lack of a hyphen in Rogers's contract? "shall continue in force for a period of five years from the date it is made, and thereafter for successive five year terms, unless and until terminated by one year prior notice in writing by either party.” Five-year terms? Or five year-terms?

By: cinnamon gurl

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 17:16:19 +0000

I've finally adjusted to only using one space between sentences, but it wasn't easy. I'm on the side of less hyphenation is more, except in cases of ambiguity. I don't mind email (in fact we adopted in our style guide back in 2005) and we use website as one word.That said, I think I'm becoming more of a fan of the hyphen because I sit next to a fellow word nerd (wordnerd? word-nerd?) who loves hyphens. In many other ways I am a die-hard prescriptivist. (I'm off to read your serial comma post. I had a hard time (and still am) adjusting to using the serial comma.)

By: Kellan

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 15:06:58 +0000

I'm also a hypen lover - I use them everywhere!!!!! *had to correct the apostrophe error in previous comment - see ya*

By: Kathryn

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 15:04:27 +0000

Cheers for you! Two spaces after a period! And hyphens where they belong to eliminate confusion on meanings. But what about the use of hyphens where they DON'T belong? My favorite, meaning the one that stands my hair up on end, is "follow-up" no matter how the words are used. Could you follow-up on that? (Now that I've messed up your hair as well.) (Or write a blog about how a conjunction should never be used to start a sentence?)

By: Kellan

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 15:03:48 +0000

I also a hypen lover - I use them everywhere!!!!!

By: Roz

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 14:12:59 +0000

See!!! even your comments removed my double space. the first ' ' was longer before i hit submit

By: Roz

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 14:12:16 +0000

meh. hypens - i could take them or leave them. But i hate to tell you that i can't stand it when people put two spaces after a period (sorry!). I'm sure you had to do it with typewriters, but you don't with computers and any document that comes by my desk gets a search and replace for ' ' to ' '. I'm willing to agree to disagree on this one in order to stay bloggy