Re: Onsite or on-site?

Subject: Re: Onsite or on-site?
From: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 02:42:19 -0800

Chris Morton wrote:
> Onsite or on-site?
> Thogh I know both are correct, I believe the former has seen enough common
> usage since it was coined in the '60s so as to warrant it being usede
> without hypenation.

...Then you pick up a copy of The New Yorker magazine and notice that
they do the full treatment, with hyphen and diaeresis (no umlaut, pls.)
I'm not sure what that says about them, but I do avoid the obvious
reaction--after all, any serious publication with such a passion for
great features (even great cartoons) cannot possibly also have its head
firmly wedged, can it?

Personally, when I see co-Åperate with the hyphen and diaeresis, I count
it as a sign that staid ivy-educated ivory tower-niks control the
editorial policy. But on another plane, it strikes me also as sort of an
exotic European affect.

Diacritical marks in general give me acute curiosity-inspired tramp
steamer fantasies. I want to travel the world over just to hear WTF all
those dots and swashes, accents and rings, all the jots and tittles and
ligatures of written language actually _do_ to have become so
painstakingly reproduced billions and trillions of times, every time a
word is written.

Anyway, I generally don't give 'cooperate' any hyphen or whatever, I
just write it and try to imagine that special someone who will fumble it
so badly that they have to move along to the next word. I try to
encourage reading skills by making that next word one that is likewise
encumbered with missing diacriticals, like 'naive' or 'reenact'. I teach
them to learn to read. And don't we all?

Have fun reading,

Ned Bedinger
doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com

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