[linux-elitists] Stable distro kernel rant

Rick Moen rick@linuxmafia.com
Tue Jan 27 11:37:48 PST 2004


Quoting Jeff Kinz (jkinz@kinz.org):

> 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[1]
get hyphenated is to disambiguate them:  The phrase "stable branch patch" 
might be unambiguous to a programmer but maybe not to, say, a plant
geneticist.

The mechanism isn't needed for compound nouns, which have fewer problems
in that area.

[1] Despite http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/index.php?page=misc#analretentive
(not to mention .sigature).

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