Friday, November 05, 2004

Some Things, You Just Have to Memorize

Here's one such pair: Longtime (adj.) is solid, but long-standing (adj.) is hyphenated.

3 comments:

owled said...

Sometimes, the importance of the hyphen can be overlooked with negative consequences. During our "recreation," we may want to try a "re-creation" of former moments of enjoyment.

Bill said...

Indeed. See p. 197 of "Lapsing Into a Comma"!

Gilpatrick said...

"At 11:44 PM, owled said...
Sometimes, the importance of the hyphen can be overlooked with negative consequences..."

And sometimes you don't need a comma :)

G.