online vs. on-line, again

Subject: online vs. on-line, again
From: Kelly Hoffman <kelly -at- NASHUA -dot- HP -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1993 13:42:13 EDT

Nancy Burns <nburns -at- NOAO -dot- EDU> writes:

> [examples preferring "online" omitted]

> All of which contradicts the American Heritage Dictionary's listing [for
> "on-line"] (which is grammatically correct), but supports other TECHWR-L
> comments about omitting the hyphen for reasons of common usage and

This, of course (obviously? :-), begs the question: when does usage
become "common"?

-- Kelly
Kelly K. Hoffman kelly -at- nashua -dot- hp -dot- com
Learning Products Engineer
Hewlett-Packard, Network Test Division "Reading the manual is
One Tara Blvd., Nashua, NH 03062 admitting defeat."

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