Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Comma, No Comma?

How about this one?

a good old-fashioned ice cream truck


a good, old-fashioned ice cream truck

(style is: no hyphen in "ice cream," btw)

That comma looks SO funny to me--why?


God Is My Codependent said...

I vote for no comma in this one. It's not a good ice cream truck and also an old-fashioned ice cream truck, it's a good-old-fashioned ice cream truck. It strikes me as different.

TootsNYC said...

So, GIMC, would you suggest all hyphens?

(I had to let it go; it would have cost money to change it, and I didn't spot it sooner)

God Is My Codependent said...

Start with the hyphens and you'll be doing the N-dash and M-dash thing before you turn around.

TootsNYC said...

True! And unfortunately, it won't make your text very dashing.

God Is My Codependent said...

Lynne Truss, of Eats, Shoots and Leaves fame, had a BBC radio series called Cutting a Dash.

JD (The Engine Room) said...

I'd opt for no commas, one hyphen, as in your top suggestion, for the reason that GIMC gives.