‘Start-Up’ Is Now ‘Startup’ on Betabeat.com

For the most part, Betabeat follows the New York Times style guide, in keeping with the rest of Observer Media, which is why we hyphenate the word “start-up.” However, after goading from readers and uncountable number of seconds imposing a hyphen where a hyphen does not want to be, the editors have decided to follow popular style going forward. “Start-up” returns 105 million hits on Google to 118 million for “startup,” and it looks stupid in headlines.