Monday, October 02, 2006

These Are the Thoughts That Shoot Through My Head Whilst Proofreading

Why do writers want to incorrectly hyphenate every prefix-word construction under the sun ("multi-dimensional") except for "recreate,"* one of the few such words that should take the hyphen? And then I think, maybe it's a little gift from the writers to me. It's the writers saying, "Hey, Craig, here's an easy little mistake for you to knock off. You won't have to go searching all over the place for the answer, and you'll feel good about yourself for cleaning up the copy."

And, you know what? I do feel better about myself. Thanks, writers.

*"To create again" should be "re-create" because otherwise it would be confused with the verb form of "recreation."

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Blogger Bad D said...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silly boy. Many hyphenated constructions loose their hyphens over time and collapse into a single word; the rate of collapse is not universal, and often a word will have multiple forms during the collapsing phase. Amusingly, you should understand that re-create IS the root of recreation, and that recreate as a verb form is a later half-smart back formation.

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