Quote Originally Posted by HapiSofi
They may even use en-dashes to distinguish the connection between a single word and an existing compound adjective that are being yoked together into a new adjective: pudding-bowl--shaped.
People do this? This is an actual existent solution? How strange, how obsessive, how elegant! I love it to pieces!

It's like stumbling across Lynn Abbey's Daughter of the Bright Moon and realizing that she's using double-quotes for spoken dialogue and single-quotes for internal monologue (what with italics being reserved for telepathic speech and therefore unavailable). It's terribly non-standard, but for me, it worked. And made the OCD demon in my brain go squee.