RE: A round-trip excursion

Subject: RE: A round-trip excursion
From: "Steve Janoff (non-Celgene)" <sjanoff -at- celgene -dot- com>
To: techwrl <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Richard L Hamilton <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 23:17:46 -0800

M-W Collegiate 11e hyphenates the noun so you should probably hyphenate the verb, which was my guess (although I didn't know the noun was hyphenated). By the way, "a round-trip excursion" uses it as an adjective.

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: On Behalf Of Richard L Hamilton
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2012 10:49 PM
To: techwrl
Subject: A round-trip excursion

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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A round-trip excursion: From: Richard L Hamilton

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