There are a few things that I didn’t get to discuss on the broadcast. Before I forget them, here they are:
–I do think that it’s a good idea to remove the hyphens in fig-leaf, make-over, leap-frog and pigeon-hole. I never use hyphens in any of these words.
—However, I think that the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary’s reasoning is off. They say they removed the hyphens due to internet culture and the fact that most people can’t be bothered to type the hyphens.
I find that to be extremely dangerous.
If we start giving in to the abbreviated style of internet culture, what will stop us from adding “newayz” and “u” to dictionaries?
We cannot give in.
Give in because language has naturally evolved. Even before the internet, hyphens weren’t commonplace in the aforementioned words.
–Also, though I’m an AP Style girl at heart, I don’t use the word e-mail. I think that we’re at the point where we no longer need the e and hyphen to clarify that this is mail sent electronically. Email has stood the test of time.
–Also, halfway through the broadcast, I caught myself in a “you know.” AHHHH!!!! After that, I tried to speak better than last time, using fewer “you knows” and “likes.” I have a feeling that I sucked at that. I also ended at least one sentence with a preposition.
Also, I was completely caught off guard when she asked me about words that used to use hyphens but no longer do besides today and tomorrow. I had seconds to think of a response and couldn’t think of anything! (Now I know that goodbye would have worked.)
What do you think?
Please be kinder than last time. Writing is easy — speaking with perfect grammar while on live radio is hard!