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Webster's New World Dictionary of Computer Terms (5th edition, pg. 409)
doesn't hyphenate online. I believe there is a trend for new compound words
to begin as hyphenated but as they gain greater acceptance the hyphenation
is dropped. I've been seeing e-mail spelled w/o the hyphen quite often
From: Joy Owen [SMTP:jowen2 -at- CSC -dot- COM]
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 1999 9:07 AM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
I saw a recent post about on-line vs. online. I've always used
recently have been called on it (it's presented in Websters as
It makes me question whether the way I've been spelling these types
words correctly. May I share a few of the words in question and ask
opinions? If anyone knows of a document that lists the correct
method, I'd like to see it.
on-line vs online and off-line vs offline
sub-system vs subsystem
pull-down menu vs pulldown menu
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