Why do we need hyphens?

October 9, 2012

in Grammar, Punctuation

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Photo from Grammar Monkey

The wonderful tweeters at Grammar Monkeys shared this photo, citing it as clear evidence that we do indeed need hyphens to clarify meaning.  I agree.

The crawl reads:


Yikes.  That’s alarming.

Here’s the deal:

  • Anti-human trafficking plans are trafficking plans that are anti-human.
  • Anti-human-trafficking plans are plans that are against human trafficking.

Let’s hope Obama’s new plan is the latter.  If CNN got it right and he really does have a new anti-human trafficking plan, well maybe it is time for new leadership.

Photo from Grammar Monkeys.

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