Monday, February 15, 2016

Hyphens, people, please

The headline reads U.S. Supported Shia Militias in Iraq Lead Ethnic Cleansing.


When I hit "lead" I thought it was a typo for "led", with a missing hyphen, then I realized that what was wrong was the missing hyphen in "U.S.-Supported".

Punctuation isn't grammar, but it IS cohesion. There's a big difference between "U.S. supported Shia militia" and "U.S.-supported Shia militia."

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