Subject: Re: CVS commit: src/dist/am-utils/fsinfo
To: Perry E. Metzger <email@example.com>
From: John Nemeth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/08/2003 15:58:41
On Aug 29, 11:09am, Richard Earnshaw wrote:
} > email@example.com (John Nemeth) writes:
} > > } co-ordinate -> coordinate, etc. Igor Sobrado, PR misc/19813
} > >
} > > Actually, the first is correct.
} > The Merriam Webster Dictionary and the American Heritage Dictionary
} > both disagree with you. I tend to believe them.
} Fowler (Modern English Usage) prefers dropping the hyphen in this case.
} In fact, he goes on to say that for technical words then the hyphen should
} generally be dropped *if the reader can be expected to know the word
} It's really a matter of flow: if the reader would have to pause and go
} back and re-read what was written a second time, then a hyphen would
} probably be required; otherwise, it's safe to drop it. Hence unusual
} combinations of words should probably be hyphenated, but common word pairs
} need not be.
A prefix isn't a word. The original example deals with prepending
a prefix to word, not smashing two unrelated words together.
}-- End of excerpt from Richard Earnshaw