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    Thankyou vs thank you.

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by GingerCoffee, Jun 24, 2013.

    I already looked it up, I am just curious if people mostly see the word the same way.
    I hadn't paid attention to this one, I just write 'thank you' because that's what I thought my spellchecker was teaching me. Then I decided to look it up. The answer makes sense, but why wouldn't such a common word as the noun, thankyou, be in the spellchecker? It's not in Word, Scrivener or the forum spell checkers. Before I add it, I thought I'd see what other people here know about the word(s).
     
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    I never knew that the noun was one word. I always thought of it as "a thank you." Most often, though, I use the "thank you" as an adjective if I am not using it as a verb -- as in "I wrote him a thank you note." I want to put a hyphen in that thank you to make thank-you note, but I don't know why. I've no idea whether that would be correct and I am too lazy to look it up.
     
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    Thankfully, I don't have to deal with this word's evolution. It still looks very wrong to write them together like that.
     
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    I've seen it most often in its plural form, thankyous, which spellcheck is also balking at just now as I type it. :D
     
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    I tried 'thankyou' as a noun in a sentence, I tried it preceded by 'a', and I tried adding the 's' in all three word processors and all three got redlined.


    Bing and Google both look for "thank you note" when I search for "thankyou note".


    I think I'll stick to the two words and not add 'thankyou' to my spell checker.

    Thanks for everyone's input.
     
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    The Concise Oxford English Dictionary lists "thank you" (with the space) as both a verb and a noun. The New Fowler's Modern English Usage allows thank-you as a noun, but insists on the hyphen.
     
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    I don't think that "thankyou" is an accepted word yet. It may be on its way, but I wouldn't be surprised at any source objecting to it. I would definitely see it as an error.
     
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    A big 'thankyou' to you all.
    To begin, may I thank you for...
    Who's dishing out the thankyous after the speeches?
    And thank you, too!

    Supremely often, what do spellcheckers know, particularly when it's UK vs. US English?:eek:
     
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    as an editor and a reader i don't see a melded 'thankyou' as being acceptable in any instance...
     
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    But clearly some do, and things they are a-changing with the noun thankyou (as linked by the OP).
     
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    Spellchecker or not, these are some logical examples where one word does appear more correct. I think that's why I sometimes don't like how it looks on paper or the screen.
     
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    Thank you for the help, guys!

    Word also keeps swaying me towards the two-worded thank you.
     

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