When Words Divide

Orin Hargraves
6 min readSep 8, 2022
from the Dictionary Society’s website

A few weeks ago I was emailed a PDF of page proofs for a scholarly paper I’d written. The subject of the paper is a particular dictionary and not surprisingly, the word dictionary (in singular, possessive, or plural) occurs many dozens of times in the paper. Also not surprisingly, it happens regularly that dictionary, in some form, occurs near the end of a line and thus triggers a hyphenation algorithm to determine what part of the word should end the line…

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