Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a decision in Stoneridge Investment Partners v. Scientific Atlanta, Inc., No. 06-43 (Jan. 15, 2008).
On the first page of the majority decision, Justice Kennedy hyphenates "Stoneridge" like this: "Ston-eridge." Not Stone-ridge, but Ston-eridge.
So, Justice Kennedy, a quick reminder.
Hyphens are used to break words at the end of line. As my Holt Handbook tells me: "Whenever possible, avoid breaking a word at the end of a line; if you must do so, divide words only between syllables."
Fellow legal writing professors: If you would like to share today's decision (and grammar lesson) with your students, you can find the slip opinion at http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/07pdf/06-43.pdf.