What is the correct form? Does context play a role?

Are there noticeable trends towards the awkward "noone" or is it just a by-product of careless orthography on the Internet?

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    No-one cares. Haha, sorry, I just had to. I obviously care since I came here looking for the answer. There are conflicting answers on several grammar sites though. Maybe I should call Sister Dorothy, my sixth grade english teacher :)
    – user54602
    Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 16:26

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"no one" is the correct one.

noone is the common misspelling of "no one".

"Noone" is formed for consistency with "nobody", and also its opposites "anyone" and "everyone", but it is still considered nonstandard because of the doubled vowels creating a temptation to read and pronounce it as "noon" (/nuːn/).

On the other hand, no-one is the alternative spelling of "no one". I don't think it's widely used.

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    Correction: no-one is quite widely used within British English. noone is indeed wrong.
    – Noldorin
    Commented Jan 13, 2011 at 23:25
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    @Noldorin: Mostly in my experience, the British use no one. Though I have seen all three aplenty.
    – Orbling
    Commented Jan 14, 2011 at 0:17
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    And yeah. Personally, I prefer no-one since it suggests that it's one (compound word), as it really is.
    – Noldorin
    Commented Jan 14, 2011 at 1:10
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    No love for noöne?
    – Jon Purdy
    Commented Jan 14, 2011 at 8:14
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    @Jon Purdy: Haha, I love it. There should be more diaereses in English!
    – Noldorin
    Commented Jan 15, 2011 at 21:28

I have seen all three types used. I use either noone or no one and they are all accepted. I never use no-one because it just doesn't flow right for me.

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    – choster
    Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 18:08
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    The usage of 'noone' in literature does not support this claim. 'No one' is definitely the correct usage: i.imgur.com/gobhv18.jpg
    – Lemmings19
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 5:09

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