Word Ways


Oren N. Dalton


Peter Newby's November 1995 Word Ways article "The Anglo-American Hyphen" arrived in the same mail until the 2 Dec 1995 issue of Science News. In the Biology column of the latter (page 178), this headline appeared: A TREATMENT PLANT-FISH HATCHERY IN ONE -- reminiscent, perhaps, of a medical facility for plant-fish. But since Providence has provided two symbols to clarify such ambiguities, the following is better: A TREATMENT-PLANT/FISH-HATCHERY IN ONE. With loyal fealty, the article followed the style of its title. It began with a 21 year-word/single-sentence paragraph, almost half of which was a 10-word name: East Chicago Sanitary District Wastewater Treatment Plan near Lake Michigan.