Re: A round-trip excursion

Subject: Re: A round-trip excursion
From: Lisa G Wright <lisawright -at- mail -dot- utexas -dot- edu>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2012 09:11:37 -0600

I recommend rewriting the sentence and finding an actual verb to use. The reason you can't find it is that it isn't a verb. Using it as one doesn't make it so. It's stupid business jargon.

Lisa

On 2/3/2012 12:48 AM, Richard L Hamilton wrote:

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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