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So, to come back to my original question (for I see now that I was
too brief), given the general principles and given a technical -- in
this case, software development -- environment, would folks be
comfortable using this word spelled solid or would they still feel
that it needs a hyphen?
That is, in this environment, do we think that the word is
misleading, ambiguous, or likely to be misread? I was hoping to get
a reading from others familiar with this word in their writing.
Looks like in Gene's line of work, where the word is common, it is
not hyphenated. It is common in the environment in which I am
working as well, so that's one vote for going solid with it.
As I mentioned, I've already done a Google search. It's frequently
used closed, but appears hyphenated as well. Par for the course with
relatively new or technical terms in unedited text.
At this point, I'm leaning towards solid.
At 7:37 AM -0700 9/24/08, Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
>On the architectural modeling and rendering
>forum I frequent, we generally do not hyphenate,
>but in this setting the term "rerender" is not
>misleading, puzzling, difficult to read or
>ambiguous. It is, however, a synonym for
>any number of expletives when used with
>exclamation points. For example:
>Show rendering to client
>Implement client changes.
>Show new rendering to client.
>Implement more client changes.
>Show new rendering to client.
>Implement still more client change.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Kathleen MacDowell" <kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com>
>To: "Chinell, David F (GE EntSol, Security)" <David -dot- Chinell -at- ge -dot- com>
>Cc: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
>Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 6:50 AM
>Subject: Re: Rerender or re-render?
>> Hi David,
>> You're right, it is a prefix--I thought about that just after I hit send.
>> I just checked Chicago (14th ed), which says that nearly all
>> compounds formed with "re" (and other prefixes) are closed. Exceptions
>> include the following:
>> -- if it's misleading or puzzling, use the hyphen
>> -- if the word is not listed in the dictionary and it might be
>> difficult to read or ambiguous, use the hyphen
>> On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 8:07 AM, Chinell, David F (GE EntSol,
>> Security) <David -dot- Chinell -at- ge -dot- com> wrote:
>>> Kathleen, I think you introduce a small confusion here. "Re" is not a
>>> word, it's a prefix. Thus re-render, whether hyphenated or not is not a
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