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Authors

Peter Newby

Abstract

When Queen Victoria was offered a choice of four names for one of her newer overseas possessions, she opted for Fiji as she linked its three dots. In contrast to this word-loving monarch (who is credited with having invented the double acrostic), a conspiracy of lexicogrpahers, those responsible for the OED, spent a large part of her reign introducing a form of word vandalism, the unnecessary hyphen.

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