Dear Lissi, I had a whole post ready to go, because I could imagine bloodred only as a hyphenated word if an adjective or as two words if not, but when I went to the dictionary to check if I was correct I found that I was not--in the dictionary it is a compound word. I do agree that it sounds very strange. I don't know of you're pre-validating before submitting a book you scanned or are validating. I have validated books where the person who sacnned eliminated all hyphens and thus some words that should have been hyphenated were not. As others probably have told you (I haven't read all my mail yet) leave it the way the book is if you inow what that is. I've validated some older books where a lot of words are hyphenated that we don't hyphenate today. I've put comments about it in the long synopsis. It's interesting to see the different styles and how the language has evolved through the years. Cindy --- Estelnalissi <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Dear Volunteers and emerging Friends, > > I'm going to guess the answer to this question > before I ask it and then find out if I was right or > not. > > My guess is no, leave the compound words as they > are. > > Now, here's the question. Most of the time, jaws > pronounces compound words correctly. But sometimes > they sound so distorted you really have to think > about the context or go back and listen to the word > letter by letter. > > Here's an example. In two books I've worked on the > word bloodred was used. I am tempted to write is > blood red. I figure, "who will know? Who will check? > It will sound right without putting the listener to > any trouble, and even if the spell checker shrieks > it's wrong, if I make the book really clean, 3 or 4 > separated compounds won't sink the ship" > > Ok. I'm ready for the outcry, but I only want to > tamper with the few compounds that sound absolutely > unrecognizable. > > Always With Love, > > Lissi > __________________________________ Yahoo! Mail - PC Magazine Editors' Choice 2005 http://mail.yahoo.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.