A new (to me, IAC) spelling rule

Eric Nielsen ericbarnak at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 1 06:05:52 UTC 2010

I know dendrologists have some similar rules:

"The western redcedar is actually an arborvitae - a "false" cedar. The
spelling of the name "redcedar" as one word indicates that this is not a
true cedar."



On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>wrote:

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> Incredibly, I've never heard of this rule either.
> OED shows "bed-bug" hyphenated since 1861. MW enters it as solid.
> I didn't bother to check on "dragonfly" or "damselfly."
> Conceivably it's a rule insisted on by a few anal-retentive entomologists.
> Just as conceivably, the letter writer has a bee in his bonnet and a wild
> hair elsewhere.
> JL

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