bad-hair day OR bad hair-day?
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Tue Jan 25 11:36:13 UTC 2000
The more frequent of the two forms I have found is _bad hair day_. I
have looked at the most recent 100 articles in Nexis. The majority are
not helpful in determining the possible (bad (hair day) vs. ((bad hair)
day) problem. Most are _bad hair day_. About 20% are _bad-hair day_;
two (2) articles had _bad-hair-day_; none had _bad hair-day_. This
interesting ambiguity is further intensified by the appearance of
_badhair day_ (in 8 of 15 examples) and _bad hairday_ (in 7 of 15
examples). Needless to say the spell-checker didn't like _badhair_ or
I guess it's not clear, at least from the Nexis evidence.
David K. Barnhart, Editor
The Barnhart Dictionary Companion
barnhart at highlands.com
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