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February 26, 2007

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate--that is the question

While finishing up the manuscript for a gentleman whose book I'm editing, I was reading through to check for errors and discovered that Microsoft Word underlined the word "well-wishers" in green.

I right-clicked on the word, revealing the list of suggestions. When I saw that the only suggestion was to un-hyphenate the word, I selected it and moved on.

well_wishers1.jpg

Then I backed up... the word was underlined again. I checked the suggestions and low-and-behold, the only suggestion was to hyphenate the word.

well-wishers.jpg

So what is the real answer? Will I ever know? Well, I'll ask some friends and see what they have to say about hyphenation...

Meanwhile, perhaps it behooves you to know that I chose the hyphenated version.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at February 26, 2007 12:11 AM


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