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New Compounds: When Two Become One

Posted by Gregory Stepanich   Dec 15, 2009 4:00:00 AM

Up until at least the 1993 edition, the Associated Press Stylebook called for the word teenager to be spelled teen-ager -- with a hyphen. I'm sure this was one of the most ignored rules in AP history, but it's interesting to note that some authorities were still hanging onto this compound as a two-word structure long past the 1950s, when teen culture made its first big impact and made both the hyphen and Beethoven roll over.

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Topics: hyphenation, compound words, two-word structure, word usage

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