Wednesday, July 22, 2015

minus/hyphen: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Wednesday, July 22, 2015

When baffled computer users phone Support they may say they have a Model AB “minus” 231. In the model name “AB-231” the linking character is a hyphen, though “dash” will do. “Minus” makes no sense in such contexts, but is so common that support personnel have begun to adopt it too.

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