consonantia (consonantia) wrote in linguaphiles,

English punctuation question

What is the correct way to punctuate the following sentence in terms of hyphens and en dashes? Never mind the awkwardness of the word order; I am asking how you would punctuate this construction as it is:

She is brand*name*school*educated.

Some thoughts and questions on my part:

1) Brand and name get a hyphen between them; an analogous usage would be (as in my dictionary) younger writers who clamber toward brand-name status.

2) Do brand-name and school get a mark between them? I am thinking not, because you would just say (as the sentence really should) she went to a brand-name school.

3) Brand-name*school (however you mark it) and educated get a mark between them, because you would say she is Stanford-educated.

4) But! Should the mark referred to in #3 actually be an en dash, because that mark is indicating hyphenation between terms one of which is already hyphenated?

My best guess given points 1-4 is: She is brand-name school–educated. That is, I would put a hyphen between brand and name, nothing between brand-name and school, and an en dash between school and educated.

But I really have no idea what I'm talking about. What do youall think?
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