[LMB] punctuation

Tony Zbaraschuk tonyz at eskimo.com
Tue Jul 23 20:34:21 BST 2019



On Tue, July 23, 2019 2:09 pm, Fred Smith wrote:
> 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.

I have always thought of both of those as single words, not two-word
phrases.  (I suppose I might have used 'back yard' as distinct from
'front yard', but one went 'to the backyard', not 'to the back yard')


Tony Z

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