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Turns out the biggest controversy associated with The 40 Year-Old Virgin stems not from its bawdy humor but from its grammatically questionable title. According to trade journal Editor & Publisher, the title has America’s copy editors in a tizzy because it’s missing the hyphen between 40 and Year. (That’s how it’s punctuated, at least, on official promotional materials, like the movie’s website.) Should newspapers and magazines correct the apparent error or print the official title the way the filmmakers presented it? And where did that missing hyphen dash off to, anyway? Maybe it was torn away with Steve Carell’s chest hair. (By the way, E&P, if you’re going to publish a lengthy article on such nitpickery, you ought to spell the star’s name correctly; in your caption, you call him ”Carrell.”)

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