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Startup or Start-Up

Startup or Start Up? Which one is the correct spelling? Or we can use both the words at present scenario.


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  1. Profile photo of asha chaudhry

    awesome q manish – once upon a time i looked it up to decide which spelling we should follow on therodinhoods :)))))))))

    different publications use it differently. i have not come across any standardisation. but i’ll look fwd to what the others have to say…!

    thank you for asking this!!!!


  2. Profile photo of Nishant Agrawal

    There is no standard rule – startup and start-up are both valid. There isn’t always a ‘perfect’ route in English. This reminds me of that very old debate:

    1. Charles’s operation; or
    2. Charles’ operation

    Which one is correct? Strictly speaking, they are both valid. 

    If one were to go into finer detail, then:

    1. ‘Start-up’ implies that two different words are being combined to convey a singular thought; whereas
    2. ‘Startup’ implies that it is a word in itself.

    At the end, it makes no difference at all.

    If a member of audience raises objection over correct usage, he is clearly bored and wants to piss you off.

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