As seen here.

I’m a WordPress Journalist cum Researcher who can turn the torrent of words into something of an acceptable length.

Does the use of the word "cum", assuming from latin, work in this use case? I have never seen it being used like that and think she has to write "come", right?

Due to the fact that "cum" and "come" are typed really different I wonder what the motivation was to use "cum" in this context. Does this possibly imply wanting to sound smart while not being 100% familiar with the language?

Thank you for the links to the dictioanries.
What about the missing hyphens in this case?


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    "Come" would make no sense here. The Latin preposition "cum" is used this way in English; see sense (b) in the Oxford English Dictionary. – bof Nov 13 '18 at 8:48
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    Me neither. I meant the online oed. – bof Nov 13 '18 at 8:57
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    I guess any dictionary will do. See the first example in this one: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cum – bof Nov 13 '18 at 8:59
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    @lowtechsun Lacking orthographic flourishes never makes a sentence grammatically wrong. You don’t pronounce the hyphens when you say it aloud, so you don’t have to write them down, either. The sentence is fine as it stands (and you’ll find plenty of examples in the wild, or even other dictionaries, without the hyphens). – Dan Bron Nov 13 '18 at 12:12
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    @NormanEdward If you can't use with in the sentence structure, don't use cum either. So this means that since "I’m a WordPress Journalist with Researcher.." is not correct the use of cum here is also not correct and should either be come or something like that has become perhaps? – lowtechsun Nov 13 '18 at 22:40

Cum, as a dictionary would tell you, is a preposition meaning "together with". The normal usage, as Collins says, is 'journalist-cum-researcher'. "Come" would make absolutely no sense in this context, and I question whether it would even be grammatical.

And though it wasn't my downvote, the first words in the explanation of when to downvote are "This question does not show any research effort". How much trouble would it have been to check a dictionary rather than saying "I've never seen this"?

  • What about the missing hyphens? Both Collins and Merriam say "used, chiefly in hyphenated compounds" and "used to form usually hyphenated phrases". The way it stands there it just looks awful, but I am not sure, hence the question. And thank you for pointing out the missing research, I will keep that in mind alongside putting my "research hat" on and checking in online dictionaries. – lowtechsun Nov 14 '18 at 16:41

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