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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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    I have never seen 'signup'; could you provide a link to a place where it appears?
    – user19148
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 20:31
  • I really meant 'sign up', fixed it. Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 20:32
  • See also: notaverb.com/signup
    – Salman
    Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 21:51

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It should be sign up, as that is the verb form (see definition 30). Signup (or sign-up) is a noun.

That pattern usually holds: log in (verb) vs. login (noun), sit up (verb) vs. situp (noun), etc.

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    Sounds legit :) Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 20:31
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    or maybe leg it :D
    – Lipis
    Commented Jan 31, 2014 at 17:30
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    @Lipis :D Nice try :) Commented Jan 31, 2014 at 22:31
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    @Lipis just created an account only to give you an upvote lol Commented Oct 22, 2015 at 7:31
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    Another illustrative example is "Checkout", meaning "proceed to the CHECKOUT screen" or "initiate a process called CHECKOUT". "Checkout" is fine by itself, but wrong if next to a button that offers the alternative "Continue Shopping". In that case, for consistency, the button should say "Check Out" (or{Go|Proceed} to Checkout). Commented Oct 1, 2017 at 19:38

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