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Thread #31533   Message #611465
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
17-Dec-01 - 08:05 AM
Thread Name: Origins: In the Bleak Midwinter
Subject: RE: BS: in the bleak midwinter
Pedantic note: Dicho, I wasn't querying the absence of the hyphen in "midwinter", I was questioning whether it's true to say of hyphens in general "They were standard in the 19C but for most words were gradually dropped through time." I don't fancy doing a count of words in dictionaries of the 19th century and the 21st to settle the point, but there still seem an awful lot around.

Of course, if you were a contestant in Countdown on TV, this kind of thing makes all the difference. Otherwise it seems pretty flexible. I mean, who cares if it's e-mail or email?