Daily Archives: 08/18/2009

A rant from a friend: One word or two?

BREADLINE

Is this a breadline…or a bread line?

LIKE MOST OF US DESIGNERS, Marc Stumbo also wants to do right by the words. Marc, who’s the Production Editor at The Beacon in Paterson, NJ, writes:

Hi Ed,
I just had a small rant at our production meeting this week and thought you may want to use it for your blog or your hints. It’s about writers who combine two words to make a word that isn’t a word. For instance:

coalmine
breadline
commonsense
afterall
schoolteacher
ditchdigger

The list goes on–obviously there are a zillion examples. Usually I see it come from young writers, but one of the columnists we use who’s probably my age and writes for CNS (Catholic News Network) came up with “commonsense” in his column this week. Sorry, that’s not English.

Marc

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