I'm proofreading my thesis, and found that TeX in its infinite wisdom had decided to hyphenate prerequisite as pre-req-ui-site. I've replaced it with pre-re-qui-si-te, but I'm a bit unsure what the proper hyphenation is and couldn't find any good sources. Anyone know what's the correct hyphenation?

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According to Merriam-Webster, TeX is right. You should (almost) always trust Knuth's brainchild!

  • I never would have guessed. I guess I know too much Latin to not see qu as a single unit. =)
    – arnsholt
    Apr 29, 2011 at 17:06
  • As a native speaker of Portuguese, I appreciate your doubt. English hyphenation is quite different from Romance languages. In Portuguese, for instance, pré-requisito is hyphenated as pré-re-qui-si-to. However, as far as I know, most of the Latin words used in English are hyphenated following the Latin pattern.
    – rberaldo
    Apr 29, 2011 at 17:28

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