Friday, January 27, 2006

pet peeve number one (one of many!)

It's pet peeve time.

“Pick up” as a verb does not have a hyphen.

“Pick-up” meant a vehicle as far back as the 1920s* (although we've now lost the hyphen and it’s all one word) and might be used as a hyphenated modifier (“a pick-up line”).  But it's not the verb form!!

One takes out food from a restaurant. One buys take-out food when one is busy.  Again, the verb form does not have a hyphen!!

Other examples?  Feel free to share.

* 1920s or 1920's?  Another debate for another post.

(njs)

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