A to Z Challenge, 2014: G is for Gobs of Hyphens Used Correctly
Oh Heck! More Quirky Writing Errors
What do writers and brown bears have in common?
I could probably come up with some good analogies, but the truth is that I found gobs of hyphenated words in two different articles (one a blog post on writing, the other a newspaper article about brown bears) and wanted to share them in this post. See my previous articles about hyphenated words here:
F is for Freshly Squeezed Adverbs
Phrasal adjectives that need a hyphen
mate-swapping brown bears
multi-published, bestselling authors
post-deadline catatonic stupor
pre-conference panic attack
Jami Gold, “Insights from Bestselling Authors” (blog post)
Even in the worst-case scenario, where we’re receiving rejections because we’re not yet “good enough,” we can study writing craft and change our fate.
Several multi-published, bestselling authors let me pick their brains and shared great advice (including Christie, Mary, Calista Fox, Erin Quinn, Morgan Kearns, and Jennifer Ashley).
“Famed Katmai National Park (Alaska) brown bears ready for season 2” by Mark Thiessen, Associated Press, The Press of Atlantic City, July, 2013.
A high-definition webcam captures a brown bear as it climbs on top of Brooks Falls for a better angle at salmon swimming upstream in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. (photo caption)
Stars snarling at each other, mate-swapping dominant males posturing and establishing their territory.”
Katmai is a cost-prohibitive place to visit…
The new (web) camera is at eye-level of the bears…
Here are more compound adjectives (phrasal adjectives) I gathered from today’s newspaper:
More examples of adverbs ending in -ly that do not need a hyphen
frequently asked questions
freshly made pastas
gently used items
randomly generated questions
highly regarded citizen
Examples of adverbs not ending in -ly that need hyphens
Here’s a final thought from the Oxford University Press style manual
“If you take hyphens seriously, you will surely go mad.”
Your turn: What quirky errors do you find in writing? Which ones annoy you the most?
Janice Hall Heck is a retired educator and now
nitpicky editor of On the Horizon, a bi-monthly community newsletter for Horizons at Woods Landing, Mays Landing, NJ.
LOL! Yes, I love my hyphens, probably a little too much. 😉 (And don’t get me started on em-dashes.) Thanks for sharing!
Yes, I love hyphens, too. Em-dashes deserve a little attention, too. They can be quite helpful. I loved your article, by the way. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Aww, thanks for the kind words! Have a great weekend! 🙂
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Please don’t judge me by my casual use of grammar and dysfunctional use of hyphens 🙂
Looks like you are a good writer to me. I read your post on your “life-long dream” (correctly hyphenated) and liked it. I usually read for content and only stop when I see highly dysfunctional grammar and usage. Your post flowed nicely. Nowadays, styles change rapidly with Internet use, and I find more acceptance of variation in style. Publications still have their own style sheets so variations tend to be fixed by the time of publication.
ahh thanks! Actually I have to credit you for the correct use of the hyphen in that post. I learn something new everyday 🙂
I’ve found that it’s quite common for people to use hyphens when they’re unsure. Rather than leave the two words as individual pieces of text, the hyphen gets thrown in there because it’s assumed that it will look more impressive.
Yes. Hyphens end up in some odd places. There are the rules, and then there are the exceptions. Enough to make you, well, hyperventilate. Thanks for your visit to my blog.