# Is it tolerable to force hyphenate English one-syllable word in small layouts?

I already know English language does not allow hyphenatation of one-syllable words, that is why I am not asking this question on english.sx.

But I am facing a typesetting task (humanities) with a very small layout which cannot be changed, and with a font and font size that cannot be changed, too.

I have some occurences where one-syllable words, such as thought, overflow the margin, see second instance here:

I am already using microtype, which helps a little, but not enough.

My question is if it is typographically acceptable to force one-syllable words in rare circumstances?

Could I have that example as thou-ght?

It is wrong, but will it be tolerated by an English readership?

If not, how what can be done to accomodate such situation? What a professional typesetter would do?

• This isn't really a TeX question, but I think the answer is unequivocally, no, it's never appropriate unless perhaps at a morpheme boundary. So 'thou-ght' would be completely wrong; maybe in a pinch you could get away with 'dog-s', but I don't think this would be much better. – Alan Munn Jun 1 at 18:27
• The solution here (if you're not able to rewrite the text) would be use make the paragraph \sloppy. – Alan Munn Jun 1 at 18:30
• There are some other options; a lot will depend on your actual example. See What is the meaning of \fussy, \sloppy, \emergencystretch, \tolerance, \hbadness? – Alan Munn Jun 1 at 18:36
• Use \begin{sloppypar} ... \end{sloppypar} for the paragraph – user187802 Jun 1 at 18:36
• \sloppy or (perhaps better fro really short lines) \raggedright – David Carlisle Jun 1 at 19:53