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Don't need no hateration, hypenatin' in this dancery

I recently read this New York Times article about name-changing after marriage (I especially liked the anecdote¹ about the couple who played a softball game - his family vs her family - for naming rights to the family). I read the readers' comments afterwards and now I mostly just want to exterminate all human life on earth. It drove me up the wall that so many people were advocating for people to hypenate their names. Actually, it annoyed me an equal amount when people complained about hypenating names. I have never hypenated anything in my life. This is because (no matter what the whole Internet seems to think) THERE IS NO SUCH WORD AS HYPEN.

Unless, perhaps, you are writing a Mary J Blige-style song where the words are all made up anyway. I do enjoy a good dancery.

¹ Not antidote. Don't make me exterminate all human life on earth again.

srah - Thursday, 6 December 2007 - 5:03 PM
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Comments (7)

gravatar Allison - December 6, 2007 - 8:11 PM -

I didn't see "hypen" anywhere, so you don't have to worry about killing all human life...for any time.

However, is "hypen" worse than the New York Times including in their research for an article a women who dubs herself a "name-ologist", and who's only credentials are a website and a background in calligraphic design?

gravatar srah - December 7, 2007 - 7:07 AM -

Good point.

gravatar Jess - December 7, 2007 - 9:28 AM -

This is awesome. Arguments about hyphens are bad enough, but hypens? Make me want to stab myself in the eye.

gravatar jday - December 7, 2007 - 10:21 AM -

Hey, Matt could have sued Michigan!

gravatar redshrt04 - December 12, 2007 - 10:36 PM -

Haha, I always wondered what the real words to that song were...

My boss uses fake words (or 2 words combined together) all the time. His favorite is flustrated. And he uses it in public speeches all the time.

gravatar katie - December 16, 2007 - 11:52 AM -

Your footnote doesn't make sense until one reads beyond it. That gave me a strange circular sensation.

gravatar srah - December 16, 2007 - 11:53 AM -


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