Re: "mock", not "mock-up", as a noun ?
I suspect that some of these situations result from new writers, or from
people who are caught up in their own head when they're writing. It just
takes new eyes to see there's something missing.
I saw this once, and I suspect it is being perpetrated by an academic in Asia who is an Authority in English. Authorities who are not native speakers of English can create rules and words where none exist. Some of the words are charming, and a few even find their way back into English. Seared into my brain is the introduction to a book on English for Italians, written long ago in unusual English by an Italian professor of English: "English language have all kinds rules pronounce. Italian language have no rules pronounce. She is pronounce as she is wrote." Remember, this person was the Authority.
So those who use "mock-up" instead of "mock" are judged incorrect by the Authority, while the passing students go forth and create mocks.
We speakers of English are no better when dealing with words from foreign tongues. We have hari-kari, the chaise lounge, smorgasboard, and "Ich bin ein Berliner."
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