Submitted by pje on February 19, 2011

to-day, to-night

I have seen to-day and to-night used in literature up to the 1920′s. When and why did this become obsolete?


Sort by

The 1920's?

3 votes Vote!  •  Permalink  •  Report Abuse

My guess is that sometime in the 20s-30s the hyphen was viewed more and more as a cumbersome and superfluous fillip and thus dispensed with.

We're seeing a similar to-and-fro with "e-mail" and "email" (I use the latter myself).

1 vote Vote!  •  Permalink  •  Report Abuse

"Are you lonesome tonight?" was written in 1926, but Elvis Presley called it "Are you lonesome to-night?" in 1960.

0 vote Vote!  •  Permalink  •  Report Abuse

The OED has the spelling "to-day" up to 1912. But it was also spelled without the hyphen as early as the 1700s.

0 vote Vote!  •  Permalink  •  Report Abuse

Your Comment