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NewTime
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13 Nov 2015, 6:43 pm

Which is the correct spelling of the word? With or without the hyphen? According to dictionary.com, the hyphen is required in the adjective but optional in the noun http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/grownup?s=t. According to some other dictionaries, however, the hyphen is required in both the adjective and the noun.



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13 Nov 2015, 6:46 pm

I'd use
grown-up as an adjective
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grownup as a noun.



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13 Nov 2015, 7:50 pm

I once saw an episode of Star Trek in which the word 'Grups' was used. That was a neat solution.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miri_(Sta ... nal_Series)



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13 Nov 2015, 10:03 pm

You might be tempted to just chuck it, and use the word "adult".

But we all know that "adult" is usually used to mean "obscene". So you can't do that.



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17 Nov 2015, 10:53 pm

People seem to really hate hyphens now for some strange reason. Even Spider-Man is getting ridiculed for spelling his name that way. :spiderman:



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18 Nov 2015, 12:42 am

Reminds me of a comedian talking about his phone's spell-check letting him know that "b!tch-ass" should be hyphenated.

Anyway, yes, hyphenated for adjective and optional for noun.

lostonearth35 wrote:
People seem to really hate hyphens now for some strange reason. Even Spider-Man is getting ridiculed for spelling his name that way. :spiderman:


There does seem to be a lack of consistency with the superhero names. Spider-Man, Batman, Iron Man, etc. If you typed Spiderman, Bat-Man, or Ironman, comic book geeks would freak out and start lecturing you.