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Mar 12 2010   3:54PM GMT

Coopted or co-opted?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
If you believe your computer has been __________ into a botnet, call your system administrator.
a. co-opted
b. coopted


Answer: Either, depending on the style you follow.

Explanation:
AP style is to omit the hyphen, but other sources like to hyphenate co, especially when it’s followed by a second o.

I prefer a hyphen in this one, myself, because coopt looks like an odd word and makes me think it should be pronounced like cooped. But since I’ve solemnly sworn to follow AP in my work writing, I guess I’ve got to do without.

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