I ran across some more words that require hyphenation, so add these to the list:
1) J-function is hyphenated in the same way that X-ray and Y-axis are, which will help you remember this.
2) Year-end is hyphenated when it is used as an adjective. It is not considered a noun.
Example: We’ll go over your work objectives again at the year-end review.
Bad Example: We plan to have the project completed by year-end.
Better Example: We plan to have the project completed by the end of the year.
3) Mid– is a joined prefix when the word is neither capitalized nor a number.
Joined Examples: midfield, midpoint, midsize, midterm, midway, midyear
Hyphenated Examples: mid-June, mid-Atlantic, mid-2011, temperatures in the mid-90s
Got a submission from the Peanut Gallery last week while I was Up North on vacation visiting family. Carl shared a humorous lesson on how to distinguish between Finished and Complete:
“Some people say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED. I beg to differ, because there is. When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE, and when you marry the wrong one, you are FINISHED! And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!!”
Thanks, Carl. You get an official ATTABOY.
Overheard in the Kitchenette at Work:
“It takes a lot of coffee to find oil.”