Questions about the use of whitespace characters

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Do I use timeslot or time slot or time-slot?

As in "the timeslot given to completing the task". Would also be interested to hear if there's different usages for different scenarios.
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Why is “wavelength” one word when “wave height” isn't?

Why is “wavelength” one word when “wave height” isn't? As another example, wave speed is two words. But wavelength is only one word. What is the reason for this? In Swedish and other contructs, ...
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Words to help describe when you are using spaces and line breaks in text?

If you look at the difference between something like quick brown fox and quickbrownfox, you might reasonably describe the first as being "spaced". While the second is, perhaps "unspaced" or ...
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“Sign up” vs. “signup”

When we have a button on a website for creating an account, should it say "sign up" or "signup"? I see "sign up" in most places, but which is the correct one?
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“An other” vs “another”

I just edited this answer on unix.sx. The original sentence was But it won't transform it to an other format. I changed this to But it won't transform it to another format. The second form ...
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“Hostname” or “host name”?

When we are talking about computers, I see both hostname and host name being used. Which is more proper? Should I put the space in there?
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Should I write “comma/period” or “comma / period”?

I usually put a space before, and after / when indicating alternatives, such as in the following sentence. We review a module / theme per user. Is it correct, or should I re-write the sentence ...
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Is “enroute” an acceptable variant of “en route”?

Is "enroute" (without the space) an acceptable variant of "en route"?
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Why is “birthday” one word as opposed to two? “Wedding day” or “graduation day” are two [duplicate]

A birthday is the day of your birth, much like graduation day and wedding day. Why is birthday one word?
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Is subaccount one word?

I looked at the Cambridge and Oxford dictionaries online and they don't contain this word. But typing it into google takes me to the Merriam Webster definition. So does this just come down to taste? ...
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The difference between “anyway” and “any way”

When to use anyway and when to use any way? Anyway I can do it. Any way I can do it. Are these the same?
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Is it ever correct to have a space before a question or exclamation mark?

In written English (mainly online) I often come across sentences ending with a question or an exclamation mark with a space before it. Is it always just an error or a typo? Or there are cases when it ...
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“Can not” vs. “cannot” [duplicate]

Is there a difference in meaning and/or connotation between "can not" and "cannot"? I have read and seen both used interchangeably, but I know people who argue for a slight difference in meaning. ...
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When is it appropriate to use non-breaking spaces?

I started using non-breaking spaces between a number and a unit of measure (10_ft), and within a name (Dr._John_Smith). I like the "look" of using non-breaking spaces to prevent titles from wrapping, ...
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Why is “cannot” spelled as one word?

Why is “cannot” spelled as one word whereas other similar constructions such as “do not,” “will not,” “shall not,” “may not” and “must not” are spelled as two words (unless they are contracted as ...
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Should there be a space between name initials?

In writing authors' initials in research papers (either in the author by-line or the bibliography), should there be a space between intials? R.P. Feynman R. P. Feynman What's the preferred way ...
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Is it “alright” or “allright”?

In practice I find both spellings being used. From a logical point of view, "allright" (as in: "all's right — everything is fine") seems correct. However, I recall hearing that "alright" is the ...
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Should there be a space before a percent sign?

Should there be a space before a percent sign or not? Should you write 20% or 20 %? I'm not sure if there is any consensus about this or not. Is one way more common than the other?
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“Cheeseslicer” or “cheese slicer”?

Can somebody confirm if the correct spelling is cheeseslicer or cheese slicer? I always thought in English words are not written together when combined, but some online dictionaries are contradictory ...
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“Spoon feed” vs. “spoonfeed” [closed]

Is there a whitespace in spoonfeed? I have to choose between writing Spoon Feed Code and Spoonfeed Code.
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Spaces for Ellipses [duplicate]

I find some opinions about the rules for ellipses are conflicting. Here are some conflicting issues: Q1: Are the spaces between the dots in a ellipsis necessary, i.e. dot-space-dot-space-dot? ...
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Usage and spelling of “wordlength” and “bitbreadth”

As far as I know, these are the meanings: wordlength — for instance, 4 bytes when the bitbreadth is 32 and 8 bytes when the bitbreadth is 64. bitbreadth — for example, 32 or 64 or 4 bits for a ...
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Is it okay to omit the space after a comma in square bracket references, e.g. “[45,46,47,64]” in a research paper

Should you still apply the rule that there is a space after the comma, or is it an accepted practice to omit the space in this case?
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Does the word “raytracer” exist?

If not, is it well readable anyway? "Ray tracer" seems to be used more frequently but this is not my question. An example sentence could be: A raytracer is a computer program that uses an ...
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“Home page” or “homepage”? [closed]

Is there a convention for the spelling of the name of the main page of a website? Should it be home page, with a space between the two words; or homepage, all one word?
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Is “webdesigner” a word?

I am a uh, designer of websites, and I would like to use the phrase for my profession correctly. Unfortunately, webdesigner is flagged by Google Chrome's spellchecker as a misspelling, and web ...
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“Real time”, “real-time” or “realtime”

Which of real time, real-time and realtime is correct when you are talking about seeing something as it happens?
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Should thin spaces be used between numerals and units

After starting to use the siunitx package for typesetting units (and the numerals before the units) in LaTeX, I noticed that it typesets a single space between a numeral and a unit (a space that is ...
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Asymmetric spacing of dashes in interpolated phrases

I have come across a dash-spacing style that I haven't seen anywhere else, and I'm wondering where it may come from. The person who writes in this style asserts that he has learnt it in school in the ...
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When do you leave a space in a paragraph and when do you not?

I am not fully sure if this is the right place for this question but I am guessing has something to do with structure and usage so hopefully it is alright here. Apologies if not. I am getting ...
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The usage of en dash between two complete dates

Is it necessary to put a space before and after the symbol en dash (–) put between two complete dates? Example: January 1, 2013 – January 1, 2014
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Which is correct: “of course” or “ofcourse”?

I have been using the term ofcourse ever since kindergarten. However, I recently stumbled upon a site that claims of course is how the term is correctly used and not ofcourse. I would like to seek ...
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Hyphenation and capitalization of “Great-Uncle” when signing books to my nephew's son

When great-uncle is used as a common noun, the hyphen and lack of caps make sense. However, when I sign a book to my nephew, is it Great-Uncle Don, Great-uncle Don, or perhaps Great Uncle Don?
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“Leader board” vs. “leaderboard”

Is there a preferred spelling for the word "leaderboard"? Should it be one word or two? It would seem that both are correct, but is either preferred?
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Is it ever appropriate to use a space before and after an ampersand?

A colleague and I have a difference of opinion. I believe our department should be abbreviated as "L&D." She believes it should be "L & D," which just looks silly to me. I never see spaces ...
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“Nowadays” versus “now days” [closed]

Recently, I was auto-corrected by a word processor when I typed in "now days" to "nowadays." Why did it do this to me? "Nowadays" looks and sounds silly, incorrect, and made-up to me. Which version ...
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“Login” or “log in”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “log in to” or “log into” or “login to” Is there accepted terminology for the process of logging in? As a verb, would you say "Go to ...
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How many spaces should come after a period/full stop?

In the past — or at least, when I was in elementary school — periods/full stops were followed by two spaces. Lately, it's become more and more common to see just one space. In the modern ...
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Difference between “fallback” and “fall back”? [closed]

I am struggling to understand when to use fallback and when fall back (with a space). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallback http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_back_and_forward Basically I have to ...
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What is the verb for removing spaces from a sentence?

What is the verb for removing spaces from a sentence? Is it de-space?
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What is the difference between “alright” and “all right”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it “alright” or “allright”? What is the difference between alright and all right?
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How do I correctly write distance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it appropriate to use non-breaking spaces? If I am writing "I ran X distance", should I leave a space between the value and abbreviated distance, or is it more ...
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“Time zone” vs. “Timezone”

My spell checker shows that both "time zone" and "timezone" are correctly spelled. Which one of these is the correct one to use?
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“E.g.” or “e. g.” (with a blank)?

What is the correct form, and why, in scientific papers (US English)? e.g. e. g.
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Does one use spacing before and after a / slash in a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I write “comma/period” or “comma / period”? I'm trying to figure out what the correct spacing is for using a slash in a sentence. For example the question: "How ...
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Spaces after periods in abbreviations

Should I put spaces after periods in the following examples? A.B. Buffington (between the initials) Vol.2, No.6, pp.195-200 I see people missing spaces in their academic writing all the time and I ...
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Appropriateness of two spaces inbetween words [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How many spaces should come after a period/full stop? I understand the justification for reverting to a single-space system (computers aren't typewriters), but is it ...