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April 28, 2013

Camilo felt the build-up as his second-rate co-worker did three push-ups, G-string showing, and strong-armed his way to the front of the line.

“Hey, service is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so no hanky-panky.”

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Trifextra: Week sixty-five

This weekend we are bringing you back to class with a little refresher course on compound modifiers.  We are talking about two words that combine together to describe something.  Such as a well-rounded individual or a one-way street or a lightly-oiled pan.  Here’s a fun Trifextra trick: conventionally, if the compound modifier comes BEFORE the word it modifies, it requires a hyphen and counts as one word.  If it comes AFTER the noun, it doesn’t need a hyphen and counts as two.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2013 2:34 pm

    Wow… where did you find that bag of hyphens??? Good one!

  2. April 28, 2013 2:37 pm

    Why thank you. I’ll tell you a funny story. I’m an editor with 2 editors working for me. Just this week I’ve been trying to explain how these things work and when we don’t use hyphens for 2-word modifiers. Basically, we all hate hyphens now, but Trifecta had the last laugh when I looked at this weekend’s challenge!

  3. Draug419 permalink
    April 28, 2013 8:00 pm

    I hate peeps who skip ahead in line…

  4. KymmInBarcelona permalink
    April 29, 2013 12:58 am

    I’m sorry, I had the last laugh! hahaha Very funny and totally over the top on hyphenated words!

  5. April 29, 2013 1:13 am

    Ha ha! This is funny. Thanks for linking, even though you’re over the hyphen. 🙂

    • April 29, 2013 6:59 am

      I couldn’t help myself. To get to choose? To aim for the ultimate? Well, I may not have reached it but enjoyed the ride. Thanks for the kismet! 😉

  6. April 29, 2013 1:35 am

    You took the prompt seriously i see

    • April 29, 2013 7:00 am

      just a bit. A little history with the hyphenated word in my business and just this last week, to boot. It was an odd coincidence.

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