[LMB] another hyphenation dilemma

Fred Smith fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us
Sun Sep 27 19:28:40 BST 2015


On Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 11:37:26AM -0500, Lois McMaster Bujold wrote:
> So...
> 
> in the frequently occurring form of
> 
> noun-nouned   or noun nouned  -- gray-haired, big-headed
> 
> when it is not followed by another noun it modifies, such as
> gray-haired lady
> 
> but rather, the lady was gray(-)haired, he was big(-)headed
> 
> hyphen or no?
> 
> 
> Ta, L.

Hmm. I'm actually thinking separate words, sans hyphen. Or, you could rephrase
as something like "she had grayt hair" ad avoid the whole issue.

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