Punctuation Station or Questions and Answers on Writing
Q: How does this rule apply to the phrase “seventeen year old boys”?
A: The hyphens would be placed thusly: “seventeen-year-old boys.”
Q: What if I was talking about seventeen boys who were each a year old? Because that’s what I was talking about.
A: I see. The phrase would then be “seventeen year-old boys.”
Q: Got it.
A: Good. I’m glad.
Q: How does this rule apply to the phrase “big booty ho”?
A: Since you’re describing a ho with a big booty, it would be “big-booty ho.”
Q: What if I’m describing a booty ho who is of a larger size?
A: I challenge you to show me a situation where this occurs.
Q: Come on, seriously, it’s for school.
A: In the case of a booty ho who is of a larger size, you might simply choose to recast the sentence. For example, if the sentence was “She was a big booty ho,” you might instead write “She was big. And she was a booty ho.” Alternatively, you could choose an adjective that was less prone to fall into the colloquialism “big-booty ho,” as in: “She was a voluptuous booty ho.”
Q: That seems kind of unnatural.
A: Who’s the expert here?
Q: In this situation? Uncle Luke, I guess.
A: If you have a question about grammar or usage, please feel free to ask this guy.