Jennifer Lebedev’s latest blog post is titled “Something in Common 2: Practice with compound words”.
Jennifer says, “Compound words are definitely an example of the kind of language that sends people to the dictionary. In my seventh lesson in theEnglish Writing Skills playlist, I address the complications of punctuating compound nouns and compound modifiers. My basic advice is to consult a trusted dictionary when there’s doubt, and when dictionaries don’t agree, then just choose a pattern and be consistent. For instance, day care will be understood just the same as daycare, but day-care would likely be seen by most as an error.”