Use of hyphen in "New-York"

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Tue Feb 23 20:04:46 UTC 2010

An acquaintance became interested in the history of the use of
a hyphen in "New-York"--when it started, when it stopped, etc.
Does anyone have any insight into this? I see from the title
pages that the _New-York Times_ dropped its hyphen in the
issue of 1 December 1896, and I know that the New-York
Historical Society still renders its name thus, but that's
about all I know about the subject; I don't do much


Jesse Sheidlower

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