How to hyphenate phosphorylation?

Duncan Clark blackhole at
Fri May 5 08:56:20 EST 2006

Historians believe that in newspost 
<1146825672.408455.104330 at> on Fri, 5 May 
2006, Wolfgang Schechinger <novalidaddress at> penned the 
following literary masterpiece:
>Any hints, reasons, rules?

Definitely not the first two.

Not sure on the 3rd or 4th.

 From quick google search I found:

"One of the prime rules of hyphenation is that the first part of the 
word should be recognisable before the reader's eye moves to the second 
part of the word on the next line."


"Hyphenation does not lend itself to any set of unequivocal rules. 
Indeed, the many exceptions and disagreements suggest it is all 
something dreamed up at an anarchists' convention.

For example atmosphere should be broken thus, atmo/sphere, according to 
British rules. But it is not as simple as that. Collins Gem Dictionary 
of Spelling & Word Division has, since it was first published in 1968, 
been used as a guide to correct hyphenation breaks and is cited as a 
principal reference by the AGPS Style Manual. Collins gives atmos/phere 
which is contrary to the UK authority, Hart's Rules. The Oxford 
Minidictionary of Spelling and Word-division agrees with Hares, but The 
Macquarie Spelling Guide follows Collins.

They cannot even agree on the word, hyphenation! Hy/phen/ation in 
Collins and Macquarie, but hyphena/tion in Oxford.

There is no consistency in the way those authorities line up with each 
other. Hart's gives some divisions which, regardless of any rules, are 
obligatory by convention. One is cele/brate; Macquarie agrees, but 
Oxford gives celeb/rate, while Collins shows cel/ebrate. Oxford, 
incidentally, makes no distinction between photograph and photographer, 
which may be a typographical error.

Another of the special cases is corre/spon/dence (Hart's), but 
cor/res/pond/ence (Oxford and Macquarie), and co/re/spone/dence 

So based on all that I myself would go with the last one


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Duncan Clark
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