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Hyphen that

So I was checking out a restaurant online and saw they had  ‘bavette’ on the menu. I googled it and the definition was ‘seldom seen flap meat’.

I read it several times. The meat of a seldom-seen flap? Or, flap: a cut of meat that is seldom seen?  Yeah, that one probably. Hopefully.

But hyphens, eh. With them, accurate but slightly ponderous description.  Without them, a world of surreal menu possibilities.

Sometimes it’s hard for a grammarian to know which way to jump.

  1. Bartje Meijer Reply

    But… did you taste it? And?

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