Friday, December 12, 2008
I'll be honest: I don't have a good justification for bringing this up. I could craft one. I could talk about the creative formation of compound modifiers and how hyphens help the reader understand more quickly which words are modifying which. I could talk about language trends in recent years in which such compounds are used to craft insults.
But the truth is, I just remembered a "Simpsons" line and it's making me smile.
The setup: Some Canadians and some Americans are hurling insults back and forth at each other. The line in question came from one of the Canadians. He called the Americans a bunch of "Shatner-stealing Mexico touchers."
Really, did I need to find a way to justify sharing that line? I didn't think so.
Posted by June Casagrande at 11:36 AM
Labels: compoun modifiers, grammar, hyphens, The Simpsons
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Dude, Simpsons insults are the best! Actually, lots of labels bestowed by the Simpsons rock, such as this one, that I had made into a license plate frame for my sister's hybrid: "Powered by my own sense of self-righteousness" (see, there's a hyphen there, hence why this is related).
But, well, I need to let you know: I'm a recovering hyphen addict. Too much Emily of New Moon growing up or something. Ten years ago, I would have written "re-covering." Or told you that I had to go to a meeting to-morrow. Pretty much any and all prefixes got hyphenated. Somehow, I finally got over it. Oh, I think it was the copy editors in college...
Ah, yes. The Ed Begley, Jr., line from the Max Power episode.
Here's another Simpsons insult (April Fool's Day-themed and -hyphenated): "You couldn't fool your own mother on the foolingest day of your life with an electrified fooling machine."
What would I do without them?
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