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    #1

    too much hyphens

    I'm reading this interesting novel by Cecelia Ahern and I notice that the author is using too much hyphens when writing a sentence.
    Here’s one for example:
    “… he was the evil-lock-her-up-forever-in-a-tiny-cell-with-a-luminous-orange-jumpsuit-and-noisy-flipflops-and-no-hot-water-or-make-up type garda.”
    Why is that?

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    Re: too much hyphens

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    Too many hyphens-- they are countable, and your example has 23 of them. This style, if used extremely infrequently, creates a rather jocular effect. The author has created a ridiculously awkward attributive adjective as a humorous shortcut to a more traditional description of the guard.

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    #3

    Re: too much hyphens

    Right! …thanks, Mister Micawber!

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