Hy-Phens

HY-PHENS….The good folks at the OED have decided to remove hyphens from 16,000 words. Reuters provides some examples:

Formerly hyphenated words split in two: fig leaf, hobby horse, ice cream, pin money, pot belly, test tube, water bed.

Formerly hyphenated words unified in one: bumblebee, chickpea, crybaby, leapfrog, logjam, lowlife, pigeonhole, touchline, waterborne.

“Ice cream” used to be hyphenated? Really? Was this a British thing? Even the New Yorker isn’t pretentious enough to hyphenate “ice-cream,” is it?

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