to syllabicate words at the end of a line of typing or writing. Divide
words of two or more syllables ONLY between syllables. Do not
divide single-syllable words.
to separate portions of certain compound nouns, such as father-in-law
between two words that comprise a single adjective (only when these
words precede the noun that they are describing). Examples include
moth-infected clothing and rosy-cheeked elf.
Note: If a word that comprises a single adjective ends with -ly, a
hyphen is not necessary. (The rudely behaved spectator was spoken to
by the usher.)
The reporter told the audience, The New York Mets first world
championship  was memorable for all New Yorkers.
William Shakespeare (known as the Bard of Avon ) wrote
many comedies, histories, and tragedies.