About 16,000 words have succumbed to pressures of the Internet age and lost their hyphens in a new edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.
Bumble-bee is now bumblebee, ice-cream is ice cream and pot-belly is pot belly.
And if you've got a problem, don't be such a crybaby (formerly cry-baby).Some of the 16,000 hyphenation changes in the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, sixth edition:
Formerly hyphenated words split in two:fig leaf, hobby horse, ice cream, pin money, pot belly, test tube, water bed
Formerly hyphenated words unified in one:
bumblebee, chickpea, crybaby , leapfrog, logjam, lowlife, pigeonhole, touchline, waterborne
Sep 27, 2007
I Lost My HYPHEN!!