Thursday, March 22, 2007

good hyphen bye, or: who misses dash?

This is one of the first sentences in a recent New York Times article:

WASHINGTON, March 20 — Al Gore... returns on Wednesday, a heartbreak loser turned Oscar boasting Nobel hopeful globe trotting multimillionaire pop culture eminence

WHAT THE &^%$? Has the paper evolved beyond the need for any punctuation? Those last 13 words didn’t strike anyone as possibly requiring any sort of hyphenation at all?

This is an extreme example but I’ve seen other weird non-hyphenated things there lately, like “teen ager”. What gives?

1 comment:

mairin said...

See, it's crap like this that makes my ESL students argue over grammar points with me by saying, "But Mrs. R, I read _______ and they didn't do that!".
Idiots (the writers, not my students!).