When faced with trying to spell a word, what do you do? Do you look it up in a dictionary? Do a Google search? Or are you more like the writers on yahoo.com and just go with your best guess. If you’re writing about air bags, do you make the device one word, like this?
Don’t like that spelling? Well, how about this one: Be clever and add a hyphen.
Who knew there were so many ways to spell that safety device? Here’s a third way from the Yahoo! front page:
So, which is correct? According to the American Heritage Dictionary (which the Yahoo! writers will find on their employer’s network), it’s two words.