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    Default The term "road map"

    Okay, let's try this again.

    I am an editor in a small publishing house. The graphic art department has made the cover for our new book series, Road Map to Success with the term road map as one word: ROADMAP.

    Now they tell me that whenever the term is used in the books I have to render it as one word, just like the book cover.

    HELP! How do I handle this? The Webster and American Heritage dictionaries have it as two words. The Chicago Manual of Style answer gurus told me:

    Surely your company has a dictionary lying around somewhere that you could use to look up this word! There are many dictionaries online as well. All you have to do is google "online dictionary." A publishing company--every company--should have a designated dictionary for editors to follow.

    My Webster's 11th Collegiate shows it as two words; as does Answers.com (road map: Definition and Much More from Answers.com), and Dictionary.com (roadmap - Definitions from Dictionary.com), although other dictionaries might allow the "roadmap" spelling--I'll leave it to you to check out a few.

    I hope that you didn't think of a dictionary only because you were in a complete panic. It's the most basic tool of an editor, and if you don't have one on your desk, I recommend that you run, not walk, to the nearest bookstore to secure one! It will make your life much easier.

    Thank you for writing--
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    So what do you folks think?

    I took the above printed out "proofs" to the powers that be and it appears they will stay with roadmap. Sheesh.

    ---------Sandra
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    Default Re: The term "road map"

    I think the "powers that be" don't understand the value an editor brings to the process.

    I learned a new phrase the other day: HPO. The highest-paid opinion. (Sort of like the golden rule that states "He with the gold makes the rules.") The HPO tends to carry, even when 98% of the other people disagree, if that person is autocratic.

    It's not like they're compromsing your professional ethics and asking you to delete citations so they can pretend they are original thoughts. So you do it.

    But you also perhaps keep your resume up to date and keep your eyes open for other oppotunties at places that DO value the editor!

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    Default Re: The term "road map"

    Rather than looking at dictionaries, I have done a brief search on the British National Corpus and the American National Corpus, which was interesting.

    In both cases, "roadmap" had noticeably more recorded uses than "road map".

    I think in your place, I would quietly give in and use the single word form.

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    Default Re: The term "road map"

    Yes . . . both are used. (just Google both and see)

    Now do we say "map quest" or "mapquest"?

    The company is trying to brand its series and carry that into its script.

    Let it go . . . .

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    Thanks for these replies! I think I will give in and let the powers that be reign in peace!

    The advice here is sound and I am grateful for it!

    -------Sandra

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