Hyphens 

The use or non-use of hyphens is a complex issue. The same words may sometimes be considered correct with or without hyphens, such as is the case with email and e-mail, although the general tendency is for less use of hyphens, above all as the result of the influence of electronic and social media, where hyphens are often considered superfluous or untidy. There are thousands of examples of recently disappearing hyphens, such as the following recommendations taken from the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

Before
Now
ice-cream
ice cream
pigeon-hole
pigeonhole
touch-line
touchline


To avoid unnecessary difficulties, we will give only certain basic guidelines.
Darrera actualització: 24-10-2017
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Recommended citation:
«Hyphens» [en línia]. A: Criteris de la Universitat de Barcelona (CUB). Style Guide. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona. Serveis Lingüístics. <http://www.ub.edu/cub/criteri.php?id=2256> [consulta: 16 juliol 2019].