Why do we need hyphens?

October 9, 2012

in Grammar, Punctuation

Bookmark and Share

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:

OBAMA’S NEW ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING PLAN

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.

Previous post:

Next post: