I am lost with the rule that noun-gerund compounds do not get a hyphen if used as nouns.
Example: He liked novel reading.
Is it correct not to use a hyphen between novel and reading here?
I looked up "name dropping" in MWebster and they spell it with a hyphen. That would mean:
Example: Name-dropping is a famous practice.
What is the rule here? Or is it a style question?
And, I am in the academic field of linguistics. There are some compounds that I have never ever seen in nonhyphenated forms but which would technically go without a hyphen according to the rule.
Example: The process of meaning-making is complex.
What to do in these cases? Stick with the rule or with frequency of use?