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> I frequently/generally see coop, first, then have to derive
> co-op from the context.
> I have never - not once - stumbled over co-op (whether it was
> the name of a store or bank-like entity, or part of a larger word).
Now you can say that you've seen "co-op." What's funny is that, although, I
didn't understand why "cooperation" was hyphenated, I completely understand
why "co-op" is hyphenated. And I've never seen "coop" used as "co-op."
> It might be just me (I'm in my mid-50s),
You seem so much younger in your posts, but in a good way, not in an
immature... oh, never mind.
> but I defy any of
> you to engage in a conversation - especially written - in
> which the word coop (koop) is used many times, and then NOT
> stumble when it's used in sentence to mean co-op.
Former U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, has engaged in a new farm
co-op project where Koop manages the chicken coop. Cooperation from the
co-op chickens in their coop is required to make Koop's co-op coop a
That statement will not work well without hyphens.
> I never used the diaeresis because it wasn't on my typewriter. :-)
I had coffee. Oh wait, that's dieresis, not diuretic. =)
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