a good old-fashioned ice cream truck
a good, old-fashioned ice cream truck
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.
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)
Start with the hyphens and you'll be doing the N-dash and M-dash thing before you turn around.
True! And unfortunately, it won't make your text very dashing.
Lynne Truss, of Eats, Shoots and Leaves fame, had a BBC radio series called Cutting a Dash.
I'd opt for no commas, one hyphen, as in your top suggestion, for the reason that GIMC gives.
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