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PUNCTUATION, construction. The act or method of placing points (q.v.) in a written or printed instrument.
     2. By the word point is here understood all the points in grammar, as the comma, the semicolon, the colon, and the like.
     3. All such instruments are to be construed without any regard to the punctuation; and in a case of doubt, they ought to be construed in such a manner that they may have some effect, rather than in one in which they would be nugatory. Vide Toull. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 430; 4 T. R. 65; Barringt. on the Stat. 394, n. Vide article Points.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Hyphen's acquisition of Zybertech and HomeFront follow the recent additions of Pharaoh/IBSWin and BRIX ERP to the platform.
Those of us old enough to remember one will recall that the typewriter did not offer us the options of em- or en-dashes; all we got was a hyphen. (And I had to type my school papers while walking uphill.
Without the hyphen, you have deer eating other deer.
Bucky Larson became involved in a ding-dong battle with the odds-on winner and, ultimately, went down by only a half-length while Georgie Hyphen, an unconsidered 20/1 shot, hit top gear late and came home well to finish fourth beaten less than three lengths.
2, without explanation, Wikipedia editors, took its ranking off the chart and replaced it with a hyphen and added the wording about its limited recognition.
Teaching participants to use a hyphen between the words "positive" and "negative" encourages them not to separate their lived experiences, especially because emotions fluctuate on a positive-negative continuum.
Changes rule title to "Effective Date; Scope; Applicability of Florida Rules of Judicial Administration." Rule 9.020 Removes hyphen in "non-final" for consistency (Definitions) throughout the rules set.
Serving as BRIX's exclusive representative, 1stWEST M&A brokered the sale of BRIX to Hyphen Solutions.
Web3 and CoSD combined gave these results for initials with the most second letter friends in listed words (any length)--minus or plus abbreviations, proper nouns, and words with a hyphen after the first letter.
Los Angeles, CA, October 29, 2016 --(PR.com)-- Some may be able to relate, paraphrasing Nicole Draffen, she continued, "perhaps it is that many of us can relate, but the conversation has not until now been brought up." That movement is the movement of Hyphened-Nation, a quest to eliminate the hyphen for everyone's sake.
Tees Valley, a recent and dubious attempt to fill in for the County of Cleveland, Tees-side, later Teesside - no hyphen - a thoroughly sensible name for the area from Billingham to Redcar, Teesside as it were.