All-or nothing

3 Apr

The raw copy read: 

Picture 2

So that’s the first government-to-civilian government … hang on. It’s the first civilian government democratic transition that is government-to-civilian in nature. No, wait. Ah: it’s the first civilian-government-to-civilian-government democratic transition in the country’s history.

Even the bravest compound hyphenator tends to falter slightly after the third or fourth word.

One Response to “All-or nothing”


  1. Due to a cartooning error … | Ten minutes past deadline - July 22, 2015

    […] first mistake was just infuriating, especially when one prides oneself on one’s punctiliousness in compound hyphenation; but it is an embarrassing classic of the genre, especially as it inadvertently touches so closely […]

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