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Save Our Hyphen

by | 21st, August 2003

‘WE send out an S.O.S to English users everywhere. Grammar Vegans are endangering our language through their under-use of the hyphen.

‘I’d kill for a fag’

Just as animal rights enthusiasts are going to wipe out all mink, smoking rabbits and clever chimpanzees by taking away their only source of employment, Grammar Vegans are endangering the hyphen.

The Times says that, according to the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary, the hyphen is only used half as much as it was ten years ago.

But take care. Angus Stevenson, one of the editors, says that using hyphens in phrasal verbs – “this website was set-up by Vicky”; “now is the time

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