(In which we find a brief rant about a grammatical pet peeve that only seems to happen in Corrections-Land….)
Doesn’t it frost you when Correctional administrators spell ‘re-integration’ without the hyphen? Mind you, these are educated people. But they spell the word ‘reintegration.’ What they’re spelling is
as in the word SKEIN . Or, possibly:
as in the word REINDEER. or, probably:
like the word STEIN.
The problem is, REEN*tegration, RAIN*tegration, and RINE*tegration are words which do not exist.
Hyphens are important. Add the hyphen, and you get:
Re-integration. Only the hyphen makes that possible and correct.
Actually, we might very well ask that question of the ex-offenders who keep coming back.
They’ll tell you. Or perhaps they, too, don’t know.