September 27, 2005

Today's wretched hyphenation

Today's really bad automated hyphenation (in a respectable source) appears in John Tierney's op-ed piece "Human Beings 2.0", in the New York Times, p. A27:

    This is part of what Joel Garreau
calls the Hell scenario in "Radical
"Evolution," his book analyzing the
new forms of life -- including "tran-
shumans" and "posthumans" -- com-

My picture of shumans is that they're kind of shmoo-like, but not as cute.

[Update, 9/28/05: language hat has written to say that his image of "shuman" "was defined for all time by R. Crumb", in his character Shuman the Human. There are, of course, many people actually named Shuman. Then there's the tran-shuman, which I'm starting to think of as a shuman in mid-gender.]

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Posted by Arnold Zwicky at September 27, 2005 02:24 PM