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How to teach the difference between “login” and “log in”,
and other mind-bogglingly important compound words

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One word or two

  1. 1. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ One word or two? How to teach the difference between “login” and “log in”, and other mind-bogglingly important compound words
  2. 2. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ login | log in logout | log out signup | sign up backup | back up setup | set up shutdown | shut down The thot plickensThe thot plickens workout | work out sleepover | sleep over
  3. 3. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ Show, don’t tell
  4. 4. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ An experiment Don’t try this at home - unless your partner is in a good mood
  5. 5. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ Say in your head or softly out loud What are your llllllll details? Where can I llllllll to the bank’s website? My llllllll failed.
  6. 6. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ Say in your head or softly out loud What is your bbbbbbb strategy? When did you last bbbbbbb your data? When did you last do a bbbbbbb?
  7. 7. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ Notice the stress pattern What are your login details? Where can I log in to the bank’s website? My login failed.
  8. 8. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ Notice the stress pattern and the one/two-word choice What is your backup strategy? When did you last back up your data? When did you last do a backup?
  9. 9. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ That’s a way to teach ‘em But what’s the theory behind it?
  10. 10. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ Nouns and qualifiers Your backup failed. I’m going to a sleepover. Good workout today! Click the logout button. Go to the signup page. The thot plickensThe rules Verbs Back up your data. Want to sleep over tonight? I work out every day! Log out [button text]. Learn how to sign up.
  11. 11. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ What about hyphens?
  12. 12. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ What about hyphens? ‘-‘ a weigh-in  a shoo-in  the hurry-up offence 
  13. 13. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ Who says?
  14. 14. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ Style guides and commentaries Guardian and Observer Style Guide Apple Style Guide Log in vs. login by Grammarist English Language and Usage Stack Exchange - note the cool fix! loginisnotaverb.com
  15. 15. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ A word in parting
  16. 16. Sarah Maddox | sarahmaddox@ A technical writer and an engineer walkin to a bar

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