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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Monday, May 08, 2006
WHEN IS A HYPHEN MORE THAN A HYPHEN?
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students voted to keep the HYPHEN in the school's name, rather than change it to Milwaukee State University or Milwaukee University. It was another significant moment in the history of HYPHEN.

** After years of using double slashes denote the Hyphen, dictionaries gradually adopt the single, short horizontal stroke.

** 1959. "Ben-Hur", perhaps the greatest hyphenated movie of all time, is released.

** 1975. Farah Fawcett marries Lee Majors and changes her last name to Fawcett-Majors. He does not change his name.

** 1994. "Life on the Hyphen. The Cuban-American Way." which explores "Hyphenated" culture, is published.

** 2000. Daimler-Benz merges with Chrysler. After fierce negotiations, the no-hyphenated name (DaimlerChrysler)prevails.

** 2003. Is it "bling-bling" or "bling-bling"? The Oxford English Dictionary square off in their respective revised editions. Oxford favors hyphenation, Chambers says no. Can Diddy (formerly Puff Daddy, no hyphen)please settle this for the profs.?

** 2005. The hyphenated subdivision Winchester-on-the-Severn in Annaplois, Md., is on record for having the longest community name in the U.S.

** 2006. Parents of 10-year-old Leonhard Matthias Grunkin-Paul challenge Germany's strict anti-hyphenate names after marriage, but forbids them from passing the names on to their chhildren. The case is before the European Court of Justice.

** May 23,2006. The Hyphens, a Boston-area band, are slated to perform at PA's lounge in Somerville, Mass., proving that punctuation rocks.

(Sources: London Independent: New York Review of Books, Tribune archives, U.S. Geological Survey)
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