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    The OED has eliminated 16,000 hyphens.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070921/...ain_hyphen1_dc

    LONDON (Reuters) - About 16,000 words have succumbed to pressures of the Internet age and lost their hyphens in a new edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

    Bumble-bee is now bumblebee, ice-cream is ice cream and pot-belly is pot belly.

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    As a grammar geek this saddens me, but it does not make me nearly as sad as the misuse of commas and exclamation points. (Cough Craig Sesker cough cough)

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    Generally speaking, do you like commas, or do you think they're overused? (you can probably tell what I think).

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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    Generally speaking, do you like commas, or do you think they're overused? (you can probably tell what I think).
    I like commas when they are used properly. What, truly annoys me, is a comma thrown in the, middle, of a sentence.

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    I do that sometimes by accident, but I know what you mean.

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    Then there's the misunderstood semicolon; it doesn't see much action these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spider View Post
    Then there's the misunderstood semicolon; it doesn't see much action these days.
    I had a short-lived affair with semicolons. About the time I figured out what they were good for, and started using them, a writing instructor told me they were pretty much persona non grata in sentences.

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    If I had a portion of my large intestine removed, would I be left with a semicolon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spider View Post
    If I had a portion of my large intestine removed, would I be left with a semicolon?
    Yes; and you might also be left holding the bag.

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