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Should preschool be hyphenated?

Ashley Howard

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Eric Morgan on October 27, 2018

The Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition,2007) includes preschool, but not pre-school. Other dictionariesthat prefer preschool (contempt and pre-school) include the American Heritage Dictionary of the Language and literature (5th edition, 2011) and the various editionsof the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, 2010,University of Chicago Press) says that the words formed with the prefix"pre" should be closed-pre-school -- except when it is used to indicate an era orartistic style pre-Columbian or pre-Raphaelite . The MLA Style Manual and Guide to scholarly publishing (3rd edition, 2008, Modern language Association) agree. In 3.4.6 hit says, "In general, do not use hyphens after prefixes (e.g.,anti-, co-, multi-, non-, over-, post-, pre-, re-, semi-, sub-,un-, under).

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