A WORD IN THE HAND: HYPHEN
Longforgotten email? Uncalledfor behaviour? Nothing a hyphen can’t fix
A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd
“I’m going to go through this with a fine-toothed comb,” my supervisor e-mailed me about my long-overdue philosophy thesis.
“Great,” I replied, at the same time feeling somewhat floored at the expanse of self-ignorance his words revealed to me.
Never having seen the phrase in print before (or maybe I had but just didn’t absorb it), I am a little embarrassed to admit that I have always thought the idiom for examining something closely was looking over it with “a fine toothcomb” – as in a particularly excellent device for getting tiny particles off one’s teeth...