How should "Churchill" be hyphenated when it breaks across two lines?

  • Chu-rchill,
  • Chur-chill,
  • Churc-hill, or
  • Church-ill?
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    It has been shown that it is impossible to break Churchill. Commented May 9, 2013 at 9:41
  • Related What are the rules for splitting words at the end of a line? english.stackexchange.com/q/385/14666
    – Kris
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 11:22
  • Chu-rchill or Churc-hill would be the wrong pronunciation (if pronounceable at all). Commented May 9, 2013 at 17:05
  • @TimLymington Yes. Neither Chu-rchill nor Churc-hill but Church•ill is possible probably assuming Church + hill with the aspirate at the front of hill being 'not pronounced' ('pronounced' in the sense of 'emphasized.')
    – Kris
    Commented May 10, 2013 at 11:16

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its actually ........ "Chur-chill"

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    Maybe you're right. But the reference points to pronunciation, not hyphenation in spelling.
    – Kris
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 11:17

(c) Purdue OWL on Hyphen Use

Use a hyphen to divide words at the end of a line if necessary, and make the break only between syllables:

The TFD entry for Churchill lists more than one possibility for the syllabification.
Chur·chill (?AHD)
Church•ill (?Random House)

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