too much typing—since 2003

7.27.2006

MARS NEEDS PUNCTUATION

Or maybe just more education? I was at the post office the other day, and I noticed a brochure with the following printed on it:

USPS
Anti-Money
Laundering
Program


So, the USPS has a laundering program that is anti-money? Is that like, you mail your clothes to a laundromat and then use a credit card to pay?

No, what they mean is "Anti- Money-Laundering Program," right? That looks awkward, with the trailing hyphen. (If this were German, of course, "Money-Laundering" would be just one word.) I think this is correct (correct me) - but what we need is some sort of punctuation that hyphenates a prefix or adjectival modifier to a phrase. We don't use this ~ very often - why not? "Anti~Money-Laundering Program"? Eh...

2 comments:

Matt said...

If it were German, the whole damned phrase would be one word.

Tanya Jones said...

That's very true. Anyway, that's nothing compared to the errant apostrophes littered around over here in the UK. It rouses me to thoughts of violence on occasion.