August 22, 2016
Indexes or Indices?TOPICS: COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR, PLURALS
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Suspensive Hyphenation: United We StandPosted by June on August 22, 2016
LABELS: COPY EDITING, hyphens, PUNCTUATION
In our society, we entrust certain individuals with immense power based, in large part, on our sincere belief and hope that they'll act as unifiers, not dividers.
It's a tall order.
Sure, it's easy to bring together those already close to each other. But the ability to reach out, across a divide, to join diverse players so they can all work together as one — that's true leadership.
That's why, regardless of stripe or creed, we should all seize the opportunity to make full use of the talents of the greatest unifier at our disposal.
I’m speaking, of course, about the hyphen.
Here’s a lesson on suspensive hyphenation that’s also a lesson in how to reach across the aisle.
June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, and Texas. more
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