Which is the more canonized version?

canonized, not cannonized (although I'm certainly interested in anything that has been cannonized!)

  • English doesn't support the concept of "cannonized version" for such usages. In your specific case, both are fairly common Apr 6, 2015 at 15:20
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    So give it your best shot. Apr 6, 2015 at 15:26
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    Maybe the my usage of the word "cannonize" was incorrect. But we certainly say firetruck and not fire truck. so whatever the proper term is, firetruck is the "cannonized" version. I suppose "cannonized" effectively means whatever a professor will mark you down for, or whatever people will ridicule you for lol.
    – ahnbizcad
    Apr 6, 2015 at 15:48
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    Well, lots of the "codebases" I've seen over the years deserved to be cannonized.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 6, 2015 at 17:15
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    "canonical" is the word you are (were) looking for
    – Jason S
    Nov 30, 2016 at 16:52

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Anecdotally, I have only seen the spelling "codebase" while working as a computer programmer. However, it is a compound noun, so codebase, code-base and code base would all in principle be correct. Codebase seems less ambiguous, however.

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    Ah! when all else is equal, and anti-ambiguity rears its head, it's a winning argument. I endorse codebase for this reason.
    – ahnbizcad
    Apr 6, 2015 at 17:03

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