Icecream in the Rain Forest

Wolfgang Wuster bss166 at BANGOR.AC.UK
Thu Jun 1 17:43:21 CDT 1995

On Wed, 31 May 1995, Joseph Laferriere wrote:

[Interesting discussion about one-word and two-word spellings deleted]

The English language seems to be generally uncertain about whether such
compound words should be written with or without a space. In herpetology,
for instance, the term rattlesnake has been written as a single word for
decades. The term pitviper, on the other hand, was consistently written
as pit viper until the last 10 years, and is only now becoming the
standard spelling. On the other hand, coral snake is still normally
written with a space, with only one or two exceptions.

As a German, I am of course all in favour of wordunification of
compoundnouns into single words, even though it may be
untypistfriendly and confuse your spellchecker...   ;-)

Wolfgang Wuster
School of Biological Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor, UK
e-mail: bss166 at

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