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Subject:Re: The Life-weary Hyphen From:Win Day <winday -at- IDIRECT -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 15 Nov 1995 11:47:32 -0500
But wouldn't it be easier to understand:
the light-weight pale blue car,
thus using the hyphen properly, but differently?
At 08:33 AM 11/15/95 -0700, you wrote:
>On Wed, 15 Nov 1995, Barclay Blanchard wrote:
>> For example...
>> The light blue car sped down the highway.
>> "Light" might refer to the car's weight.
>> The light-blue car sped down the highway.
>> "Light" clearly refers to the shade of blue.
>Ah, the glories of anal retention. Barclay (by the way, I love your
>name!), I respectfully differ. In the first instance, shouldn't it be:
>The light, blue car... (meaning weight)
>and in the second:
>The light blue car... (meaning a light shade of blue)
>The hyphen in this case would only be used to connect two words which
>form a single modifier, for instance: