but I'm a realist, and I can see that its days are numbered. I think the art of good writing - or part of it at least - is the ability to make your text have a high readability score. If people find it easy to read what you write you are well on your way - all you have to do then is make it interesting.
On the other hand, I've seen some really fascinating stuff that was so badly written I could hardly bear to unravel it. The hypen can help a great deal, and at times it removes ambiguity. Take Rosemary-leaves for example; written like that there's no dispute, it means leaves that belong to the Rosemary plant. Write 'Rosemary leaves' though, and you might be saying that the girl called Rosemary leaves the room.
These are little things, but they evolved for a reason, and that reason was clarity - the need to ensure that it was possible to write something that had one meaning and one meaning only.
If we lose hyphenated words it isn't the end of the world - many people never use them anyway - but over time, and collectively, these things add up to an erosion of what is the most expressive language in the world.