[LMB] punctuation

Fred Smith fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us
Tue Jul 23 20:09:29 BST 2019


On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 07:05:28PM +0000, Parish, James wrote:
> Paul Durrant wrote:
> > In my experience, ebook is now the common usage, for those who read electronic books.
> 
> It's a fairly common pattern in English orthography: "baseball" and 
> "typewriter", to name two, have progressed from two words, to a 
> hyphenated word, to a single word. (Of course, "e-book" and its 
> relatives never had the two-word phase. And yes, consarn it, I still put 
> the hyphen into the whole e-lot of them!)

only peripherally related:
I've been astonished by mystery (among other genres) writers who combine
back seat or back yard into one word: backseat, backyard. I don't recall
ever seeing a hyphenated form, and never thought of those as one word,
but two.


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