The UVic Writer's Guide
Hyphens For Splitting Words At The End Of A Line
In formal essays, it is usually best to avoid splitting words
at the end of a line. If you must, be sure to put the hyphen after
a complete syllable: splut-ter; sesqui-pedalian.
Some word processors and desktop publishing programs (like the
one that is used for this manual) include automatic hyphenation;
if you use it, check where the words are split, since the program's
"algorithm," however sophisticated, will not always put the hyphen
where a human would. Also, do not hyphenate an already hyphenated
word (e.g. anti-es-tablishment).
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