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SCUBA-L  November 1999, Week 2

SCUBA-L November 1999, Week 2

Subject:

Re: Skindiving - Freediving ?

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Magnus Johnson <[log in to unmask]>

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>At 10:34 AM 11/10/99 +0100, Magnus the Wise wrote:
>>Going by the rules used for 'deep-sea or deep sea' I'd say the safest bet
>>would be to treat them as two separate words if they are nouns, i.e. a
>free
>>diver and hyphenate otherwise i.e. went free-diving. I think anything
>else
>>is probably an americanism, and therefore wrong  :-)
>
>Bollox!
>
>English is a LIVING language, whose usage is guided not only by RULES
>but by accepted CURRENT usage.
 
We invented it (it's all "the Empire" has left!). . any deviations
therefore from the pure version should be refered to as 'dialect',
'Canadian', 'Convictsian', 'Kiwisian', 'United-Statesian' or 'Slang'  :-)
 
>
>The RULE that dictates a hypenated word used as an adjective is when
>the first word of the pair is a NOUN.
 
 Is 'deep' a noun?  'Skin' isn't?  Now I'm confused . . .
 
which doesn't apply in the
>case in question.   For example, sheep-loving Magnus should be
>hyphenated.  :-)  You've been in the ivory towers with Shetland
>sheep for too long.
 
Baaaaa-llaaaaax   :-)
 
>
>Use the keyword "freediving' (one word) OR "skindiving" (one word)
>in a
 
>web-search engine
 
 
???
Web search-engine?
Web-search-engine?
Websearchengine
 
 
>, and you'll find HUNDREDS of web pages in
>which those words are spelled as single words.
>
 
 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 
Dr Magnus Johnson
Biology Department
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH
United Kingdom
 
Tel': 0116 2523397, 2523352
 
http://www.geocities.com/magnus_johnson/
ICQ: 52257332

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