Over dinner at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan last week, a former colleague and I talked about everything from traffic to baseball to cosmetic surgery to, yes, grammar. What started as polite dinner-table conservation rather quickly morphed into a heated discussion about hyphen usage. Rather than toss La Fro Pilo's tasty risotto at one another, however, we agreed to disagree about the following.
My friend April insists companies such as Hormel and Oscar Mayer that sell fully cooked bacon have no reason to be ashamed. Au contraire, April! A hyphen is needed to join an adverb ending in -ly and an adjective. It should be "fully-cooked bacon." I even offered event-specific examples, including "a carefully-planned meal" and "a dimly-lit restaurant."
So, what do you think, readers? Who's right? Oh, wait. You don't have all the facts. Before you make a final decision, you should take a closer look at the first letter of each word in the title of today's post.
And La Fro Pilo? Good luck getting a reservation. The restaurant's name is an anagram for...