So, just in case people haven't had enough fun quibbling over italics for thoughts, here comes a much less important topic for us to fight over. Is it acceptable to only italicise part of a word if only part of it is emphasised? For example. "A story is set from the perspective of the protagonist and not the antagonist, regardless of moral alignment." In the above sentence, only the first part of the words are really emphasised, pro- and an-, as such, only they are italicised. I've seen this type of partial italicisation very rarely show up in fiction, and I'm not too sure what to think of it. On one hand, it does give the reader a clearer understanding of how the dialogue is said. On the other hand, it does look rather non-standard and slightly unorthodox, and perhaps even unprofessional. Personally, I'm more inclined to italicise the entire word regardless, but I just wanted to know what others think of this practice. Is it acceptable? Is it too unusual? Would/have you used it in any of your own writing?