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Why is this hyphenated? I understand that yurodivyi is a single word, but I'm not sure hyphenating "fool for Christ" as a single word is the right choice. I rarely see it hyphenated (in fact, Orthodoxwiki would be the first instance). --Basil 11:56, April 1, 2007 (PDT)

Ok, I was confused about this after reading your question, Basil, but I think I get it now. It appears to be hyphenated only when used as a title (e.g., St. Xenia, Fool-for-Christ]], but not when used as a general category (e.g., "Those who have attained the highest degree of humility are the ‘fools for Christ,’" from the GOARCH site (
If you go to OCA's Lives of the Saints and type in "fool," all are hyphenated after a name. Here's a couple more examples of the hyphenation from GOARCH and ROCA:
Does this make sense, or am I totally wrong? Anyone? Gabriela 21:02, April 1, 2007 (PDT)