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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:38 PM
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Does the phrase "anal retentive" have a hyphen?
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oxymoron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:39 PM
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1. ROFLMAO
you should know.
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:40 PM
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3. LOL!
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PartyPooper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:40 PM
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2. either way is okay.
:anal retentive:

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Anus Retainus Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:43 PM
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4. No!
It's two words!!

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Syncronaut Seven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:44 PM
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5. MS Word seems to prefer the hyphen
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Endangered Specie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:44 PM
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6. Not sure,.. but I do know that "Locked Thread" doesn't have one
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DenverDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:45 PM
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7. Not being anal retentive, myself
I don't think it matters if you hyphenate it or not. The idea will come across.
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Armand Donating Member (216 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:47 PM
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8. Actually, yes it does.
According to Merriam-Webster online:

Main Entry: anal-retentive
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Another Bill C. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:51 PM
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9. Also the Oxford English Dictionary
anal-retentive

adjective Psychoanalysis excessively orderly and fussy (supposedly because of conflict over toilet-training in infancy).

The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) recommends following the definition as given in "the dictionary."
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PinkTiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:52 PM
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10. According to AP style,
Edited on Thu Feb-26-04 11:57 PM by PinkTiger
You would hyphenate it if you use it as an compound adjective before the noun. For example, "anal-retentive rants of Republicans."
However, if you just use it as a predicate noun, it would not have a hyphen: "The Republicans were thought to be anal retentive."

I'm pretty sure, anyway. Ha!

To get the joke here, go to:
http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?AnalRetentive
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:54 PM
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11. no,no,no: "does the phrase 'anal retentive' have a COLON"
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oxymoron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:55 PM
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12. Don't be so harsh.
I'd say a semi-colon.
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 11:58 PM
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13. Not to be anal-retentive, but I believe it's "semicolon"
Edited on Thu Feb-26-04 11:59 PM by MercutioATC
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