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Editor, UpWORDly Mobile
Not to be too personal, but do you know where your hyphens belong?
This claim was printed on the front of a bag of Wee-Wee disposable diapers for pets:
No leak protection. Hmmm. Then why would anyone want to buy them? Do you suppose the manufacturer meant to say No-leak protection? (Thanks to the back page of Consumer Reports for that one.)
A birth announcement:
Caleb will be the third, fourth generation baby on Allen Road at Kirby Falls this summer. [A comma doesn't work here, but a hyphen does: Caleb will be the third fourth-generation baby on Allen Road at Kirby Falls this summer.]
Do hyphenate . . .
--compound adjectives: second-best time, five-speed transmission, fourth-generation baby (see above)
--fractions: one-half, three-fifths
--titles with vice: vice-president, vice-chairman
--to avoid confusion: see no-leak example above; also, re-sign when it means to sign again
George Pearson: writer and editor
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