Saturday, August 2, 2008

The comedy of an omitted hyphen.

This copy is from tomorrow's Sunday New York Times' Real Estate section: "A one-bedroom two-bath co-op with a dining room in a prewar doorman building."

Read the whole sentence and you'll see the writer wasn't timid in using hyphens. But then you get to the three words I put in bold face--the three words that made me laugh.

Does the copy mean that this co-op comes with a prewar doorman?

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