The suffixes “-ridden” and “-infested”

We say compounds like “mosquito-ridden” and “shark-infested“, but I haven’t heard “mosquito-infested” or “shark-ridden“. My question is that can we use the suffixes “-ridden” and “-infested” interchangeably regardless of the amount and significance of the damage that an excess of something can cause? For example, can we say “mosquito-infested” or “shark-ridden“? Wouldn’t it seem funny … Read more

correct use of hyphens to connect two words

Should I use a hyphen to connect the following words? What is the general rule about that? environment friendly –> environment-friendly frontend –> front-end backend –> back-end speedup –> speed-up Answer Two words are joined by a hyphen when the collocation occurs in a non-standard context. For instance, we speak of the front end (space, … Read more

“Backyard” vs “Front yard” – same but different

Not really a serious English question, more like a curiosity. I am wondering, why “backyard” is written as one word but “front yard” is written as two separate words. Equivalently, why are both “back yard” [two words] and “frontyard” [one word] incorrect? What “rule” (or standard practice) determines which words can be combined into one … Read more

What is the correct term “back-end”, “back end” or “backend”?

I have a question. What’s the correct term? Back-end, Back end or Backend I’m a software back-end developer I’m a software back end developer I’m a software backend developer Answer I don’t think you’re going to be corrected or admonished for using any of these three. Google understands you perfectly no matter how you type … Read more

Back and front yards and seats

Why are backyard and backseat single words while front yard and front seat are two? It seems exceedingly strange to me. Answer How do dictionaries handle ‘back’ words and ‘front’ words? Consider the set of fused nouns listed in Merriam-Webster’s Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary (2003) that start with back—words that are rendered as closed-up (nonhyphenated) single … Read more