OK, this is hilarious. It’s the first page of the EIGHT PAGE style-sheet for George Saunders‘ new book, Tenth of December (out Jan 8), and it could easily double as a style-sheet for Nicki Minaj’s liner notes. To wit: “Hyphenate compounds made up of nouns of equal value: ‘elf-baby’ (97)” and “Prefixes: hyphens OK with coinages (‘pre-boner’) and unfamiliar combinations (‘non-fancy’).”

A non-fancy elf-baby with a pre-boner? GROSS AND AMAZING.

Read Fiona Maazel‘s review of Tenth of December here.

 

 

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Elissa Goldstein is one-half of The Outlet’s editorial team. (The other half is here.)

 

One Response

  1. Paul D. Mitchell

    I like the use of hyphenation for the reason you outline. Having started in print media over ten years ago, my preferences for the controls that print gives authors leads me to think that the same controls should be coming down the pike for web authors as well.

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