Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When Nothing Matters

Dustbury writes about a story wherein we learn that United States Forest Service personnel -- last seen during the government shutdown closing about 1,000 campgrounds it didn't actually have to pay to run -- find they need to actually warn people not to try to take selfies with bears.

He quotes a portion of the story that refers to "smart phone-users" and points out that the empty space between "smart" and "phone-users" is not at all justified when you are talking about people who take selfie photos with bears, as it is not a smart thing to do. That empty space should be occupied by either a hyphen or it should disappear entirely in order to correctly describe the persons being warned by the Forest Service.

The empty space in the cranial cavities of such people, on the other hand, may be permanent...

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