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Linguistics / grammar
|English term or phrase: web-something|
|which is the correct way of spelling words with "web"? |
website? web site? web-site?
webdesign? web design? web-design?
is there any general rule or tradition or...?
thanks in advance!
|English translation:How long is a piece of string?|
Zmejka, the answer is that all of them might be acceptable for different compounds.
Internet related vocab is a classic example of how language and its orthographic representation develops to reflect the frequency of use and how established certain terms become in our daily lexicon.
There is a general trend for word formation where two words become one over time via an interim period of hyphenation!
Thus horseman probably started life as horse man and then spent a period as horse-man - do you see what I mean?
Sometimes you will find that 2 or even all three versions are acceptable usage at the same time, and that preference will vary depending on house style, geography etc.
But to be specific I would say that for the examples that you provide, the most common spellings (in the UK at least) are:
website (through frequent usage it has earned the status of a word in its own right).
web design (two words)
As for others:
webmaster (one word, a neoligism with strong precedents in words like postmaster).
Web page (two words - sometimes it is also I think to do with how well two words mesh together phonetically - b and p are awkward to pronounce in one word)
So to summarise, there is no single rule, but there are various regular factors which might influence which you choose.
Hope this helps
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