But precision of language is more than just selecting the most appropriate word. Precision of language also includes the proper use of hyphenation within words. And a good example is neo-.
No, I’m not talking about the main character from the trilogy of Matrix films. I’m talking about the English prefix derived from a Greek word meaning new. That meaning doesn’t escape many writers. However, convention says that the proper use of the hyphen with neo- does. And it’s been that way for at least the last 20 years, if not longer.
Here’s the convention: Use a hyphen to join neo- with a proper noun or any noun beginning with the letter o. All other nouns do not need a hyphen when adding the prefix neo-.
In that light, consider the example sentence in the cropped graphic above. Because American is a proper noun, neo- requires the use of a hyphen.