Hyphenation of a word: vice-president? (Take II)

Subject: Hyphenation of a word: vice-president? (Take II)
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 08:39:16 -0500

Dick Margulis responding to my comment that "Whatever "some" may say, the
dictionary always sets it with a hyphen", observes: <<In Canada, yes,
perhaps. But in the US, where we have a President and a Vice President (caps
used when we are writing about people elected to those Federal offices), the
word is not hyphenated. The exception is in the formation of a compound
adjective, "vice-presidential.">>

I stand (north of the border) corrected. Besides, I forgot that you have
both a President (George W.) and Vice President (Bill Clinton). <gdrlh>

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
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unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."-- James D. Nicoll


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