minus vs hyphen : Common Errors in English

About minus vs hyphen

When baffled computer users phone Support they may say they have a Model AB “minus” 231. In the model name “AB-231” the linking character is a hyphen, though “dash” will do. “Minus” makes no sense in such contexts, but is so common that support personnel have begun to adopt it too.

minus Meaning(s)

  • (n) an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two numbers is calculated
  • (a) on the negative side or lower end of a scale
  • (s) involving disadvantage or harm

hyphen Meaning(s)

  • (n) a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
  • (v) divide or connect with a hyphen

minus in News

  1. Chris Kelly seeks fix

    CHICAGO — Chris Kelly had an extremely tough outing in Game 1. The Bruins center was a minus-3 and on the ice for Andrew Shaw ’s game-winning goal in the third overtime of the 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks Wednesday night. He also won just 7-of-22 faceoffs and did not have a shot in 25:57 of ice time.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Boston Herald

  2. Most Disappointing Players of the 2013 NHL Playoffs

    Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the 2013 Eastern Conference Final scored zero points and had a combined minus-eight rating. Surely they head up the list of most disappointing players in the playoffs, but it hasn't just been the two Pittsburgh Penguins superstars that have faltered. San Jose's sweep of the Vancouver brought about heavy criticism, especially for the Sedin brothers—the supposed ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Equivio Kicks Off "Predictive Coding Minus the Hype" Webinar Series on Wednesday, June 26 with Free Webinar on ...

    KENSINGTON, Md., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Equivio , a provider of analytical solutions for e-discovery, today announced a new "Predictive Coding Minus the Hype" educational Webinar Series. ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

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