I’m looking to label an action button that would allow a user in a software interface to enable reordering (sorting, not re-purchasing) of items in a list.
Re-order vs. Reorder
When first presented with a label of “Re-order” it looked weird to me but my Googling left me more confused that resolved on the matter.
Merriam-Webster indicates that “reorder” applies to both ordering again, and arranging in a different order.
Dictionary.com has examples for the term “reorder” (at a url fragment titled “re-order”), spelled as “re-order”
Are both versions acceptable/interchangeable or is one more correct than the other?
With re- words, you should use ‘re-’ (with a hyphen) if the next word
begins with an ‘e’ or a ‘u’ (when not pronounced like ‘you’).
Otherwise, don’t hyphenate. It’s therefore re-examine, re-urge,
re-entry and re-elect, and reuse, reunion, reorder, reinforce and
In general, try to avoid putting hyphens into words formed of one word
and a short prefix