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Is "short fall" an acceptable synonym for "shortfall"?

We noticed an important short fall here that no-one else had planned for.

Found on an English-language Korean news website.

I search in my dictionary but it did not have a "short fall" entry. Maybe that is an acceptable word nonetheless?

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closed as general reference by FumbleFingers, MετάEd, Lynn, Mahnax, Bravo Aug 31 '12 at 8:36

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

-1 research effort missing. Voting to close Too Localized. – MετάEd Aug 31 '12 at 2:10
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No. The noun is shortfall.

Its derivation is from "fall short," not "short fall."

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