wedded to the hyphen

James C Stalker stalker at MSU.EDU
Mon Jul 5 02:00:52 UTC 2004

Ah, the ironies of fate.  Incredibly rich(assuming he patented and retained
control of the patent), but he lost his hyphen.

Jim Stalker
stalker at

Arnold M. Zwicky writes:

> from verlyn klinkenborg's NYT Book Review (7/4/04) review of david
> howard bain's The Old Iron Road: An Epic of Rails, Roads, and the Urge
> to Go West, p. 6:
> -----------
> ...we also meet a lot of people who are less well known, like Edwin E.
> Perkins, late of Hastings, Neb.  Perkins was an inventor whose
> imagination was wedded to the hyphen.  He created Motor-Vigor,
> Glos-Comb and Jel-Aid before finally perfecting the product that made
> him wealthy, Kool-Aid.
> -----------
> arnold (zwicky at, giggling in hyphens

James C. Stalker
Department of English
Michigan State University

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