Embedded hyphens in lyrics MS 4.1

• Jan 7, 2024 - 00:15

I apologize if this is the wrong place for this but I went in the GitHub and couldn't make head nor tail of it. I am doing some lyrics in Irish Gaelic and one feature of that language is embedded hyphens inside of a syllable. I am using a USA keyboard on a Mac (I understand from previous discussions that that could be a thing) and no matter what special key combinations I smash I CANNOT make that hyphen appear. How does one DO IT??

Thank you.


You can enter a Unicode nonbreaking hyphen (U+2011) using the character viewer: when entering lyrics, open the character viewer, enter U+2011, then click on the character to insert one.

If you're doing this a lot, you can copy the character and then just use paste whenever you need another one. (I couldn't find another shortcut to do this.)

Alternatively, you can use option - to insert an en-dash, but this isn't a hyphen and it's a bit wide and skinny.

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I'm Scottish, not Irish and definitely not Gaelic (but I know a few swear words and put-downs). Can you expand upon what an embedded hyphen looks like and its expected behaviour?

In reply to by underquark

I have a hyphen on my keyboard. Option-hyphen does not do it. I'd take option-dash but where is the key for that? I'll try the unicode solution next. And to answer the question about what it looks like and does, it's usually an n- or a t- followed by a word beginning with a vowel, and you pronounce it but I can't remember all the grammar surrounding it. The most famous example is Ar n-Athair (Our Father) but I guess some are doing away with the dash and just writing it as Ar nAthair. Thank God the séimhiú diacriticals have been replaced by h. The fadas are pain enough.

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