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To hypenate or not to hyphenate

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MintPattie Fri 01-Aug-08 15:06:54

Help - I'm editing a corporate doc and can't decide if cross sector (hideous term) should be hyphenated. Anyone know for sure?

Lio Fri 01-Aug-08 15:08:30

Cross-sector otherwise a pedant might mistake your sector for an angry one smile

MintPattie Fri 01-Aug-08 15:17:50

Good point - wouldn't want a cross angrysector!

hanaflower Fri 01-Aug-08 15:22:53

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UnquietDad Mon 04-Aug-08 15:43:12

I think the hyphen is a much-derided and unfairly-neglected form of punctuation. Having said that, I do tend to over-use it. I must be careful not to apply it willy-nilly.

mrsbabookaloo Mon 04-Aug-08 15:43:58

UqD you are such a geek!

BarcodeZebra Mon 04-Aug-08 21:55:07

I think it should be hyphenated but the hyphen should extend on both sides to completely cross out the abominable term.

thumbwitch Tue 05-Aug-08 00:47:43

ooh hanaflower, thanks for reminding me of terminology for things-that-need-hyphens - I always insist on them being hyphenated too and can't abide people who leave it out when it changes the sense.

Lol at UqD

AllFallDown Mon 11-Aug-08 14:02:04

Overused the hyphen there, UQD. Unfairly neglected has been unduly hyphenated.

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