What’s with you fools adding hyphens to “thank you” these days? My tuft is coming undone just thinking about this error and its commonality. I see it on a daily basis, and each time, it makes me shudder like the time I saw my grandma llama after a Christmas shave. I’ll make this one quick because there’s really nothing to it.
Thank you. There. See? No hyphen, nope, none of that “thank-you” business.
Now, if you’re adding a modifier after “you”, then you may add a hyphen.
Leviticus sent Laverne a thank-you note along with a picture of his uncle tipsy on Boonesfarm.
I cannot thank you enough for handing me that extra roll of toilet paper under the stall door!
Thank you for wiping that child’s face clean of soot.
Robellio’s thank-you card showed up two weeks late and splattered with cud.
Must I explain more? If so, just ask. I don’t mind. So, please, if you want to thank an ewe, just say THANK EWE! (No hyphen needed unless you’ve got a modifying word after ward.)