[linux-elitists] Stable distro kernel rant
Tue Jan 27 11:37:48 PST 2004
Quoting Jeff Kinz (email@example.com):
> We now return you to your regularly scheduled flamage.
In hopes of rendering this thread actually _interesting_: The reason
compound adjectives (and adjectival phrases) often but not always
get hyphenated is to disambiguate them: The phrase "stable branch patch"
might be unambiguous to a programmer but maybe not to, say, a plant
The mechanism isn't needed for compound nouns, which have fewer problems
in that area.
 Despite http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/index.php?page=misc#analretentive
(not to mention .sigature).
Cheers, Founding member of the Hyphenation Society, a grassroots-based,
Rick Moen not-for-profit, locally-owned-and-operated, cooperatively-managed,
firstname.lastname@example.org modern-American-English-usage-improvement association.
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