10 Words that Can Hang You Up
by monsterstaff, published 04/18/2013
- clickthrough. Write as one word when used as a noun or adjective. The site requires too many clickthroughs to find information. The web team is gathering metrics on the site’s clickthrough rates.
- decision-maker, decision-making. Always write with a hyphen. The team’s top decision-maker is based in Hong Kong. The CEO demands timely decision-making from senior officers. The decision-making process involves too many people.
- email, e-mail. It’s not a new word, but how to write it remains in flux. Write it with or without a hyphen; just be consistent. Our stylebook prefers no hyphen in all references.
- game-changer, game-changing. Use a hyphen in all instances to avoid confusion. The acquisition has the potential to be an industry game-changer. The company rolled out another game-changing product.
- IM, IMed, IMing. Use the short form in all references; stands for instant message/messaged/messaging.
- LGBT. Use the initialism in all references if the audience is familiar with it; otherwise spell out in the first reference, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender; use LGBT afterward. The LGBT Committee announced the company would begin offering partner health benefits next year.
- login, log in. One word when used as a noun, as in the username/password combination. My login expired last week. Two words when used as a verb. I will log in to the office system when I get home. (Same for logoff, log off.)
- mashup, mash-up. Can be written as one word or with a hyphen. Our stylebook favors one word in all instances, whether used as a noun or adjective. Whichever version you choose, use it consistently. It means a mixture of content or elements. The report is a mashup of ideas from developers in Asia. The mashup report includes data and video content.
- mouse over, mouseover. Write as two words when used as a verb, as in Mouse over the title of the song and click play. Write as one word when used as an adjective or noun, as in The mouseover text was highlighted in blue. He created a simple mouseover for the site.