Hyphens are a handy sort of punctuation. You can use them to stick two words together or to break a word down to size at a line break. But, as you can imagine, a little red hyphen between two letters could be easily missed. That’s why we use the proofreaders’ mark for a hyphen, which looks like an equal sign. This larger mark is harder to miss:
But to be sure it isn’t missed and to be sure it’s inserted in just the right place, we often use a handy caret to point to and place our hyphens:
And here’s the hyphen mark at work:
That red pencil still burning a hole in your pocket protector? You can find a full listing of all the Word Blog’s Proofreaders’ Marks entries here.