A round-trip excursion

Subject: A round-trip excursion
From: Richard L Hamilton <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net>
To: techwrl <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 22:48:30 -0800

I'm in the middle of a marathon copy-edit session, and I just ran into the term "round trip" used as a verb.

A compound verb can be either hyphenated (rubber-stamp) or joined (highlight), and sometimes the dictionary will allow both (e.g., dictionary.com says copyedit(c) and copy-edit(v) are both correct).

That brings us to round trip. The online dictionaries I checked, and the ancient printed one I have in my office, don't acknowledge round trip as a verb. I frankly would also prefer not to, but in fact, using the term as a verb is pretty common and reasonably useful.

So, I'm curious as to what the techwr-l crowd thinks is the correct way to handle round trip as a verb: hyphenated or joined?

Any thoughts?

Richard Hamilton
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