Can’t you get them to look alike?

If this word on the Yahoo! front page looks like it’s correct, you could be right:

But if this one also looks correct, you could also be right:

So which is right? Depending on the authority you use for spelling, either could be correct. What’s not correct is spelling the same word two ways. How do real news media avoid this kind of embarrassment? Simple, they use a dictionary! Organizations that are concerned about using language consistently and correctly use a single reference source for all their writing and then agree to use the preferred spelling in that source. (The preferred spelling is the one with a definition.) So, if you’re using the American Heritage Dictionary (which is part of the Yahoo! network), then the preferred spelling is hyphenated.


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