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    Is it "caseback" or "case back?" Explain and justify your reasoning

    Hey everyone,

    I've never asked anyone, but have noticed over the years that probably 50% of people make a compound word out of "caseback" while others separate the two. I really have no particular opinion and have, I think, subconsciously gone between the two of these.

    On one hand, "caseback" would denote a very specific part to a specific thing, where as "case back" quite literally refers to the backing of a case.

    I'm curious what you all think and why.
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    Re: Is it "caseback" or "case back?" Explain and justify your reasoning

    A watch has a caseback, you put a case back where you got it from.

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    Re: Is it "caseback" or "case back?" Explain and justify your reasoning

    It isn't an either/or situation. Language evolves, and common pairings of words often become condensed, or compounded. When you see two forms existing at the same time, it simply is indicative of the transition phase--some will always (all+ways) keep them separate, some will always keep them together, and some will recognize their coexistence (race+track, race+car, grown+up, every+day, etc.).

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    Re: Is it "caseback" or "case back?" Explain and justify your reasoning

    Quote Originally Posted by Steelerswit View Post
    A watch has a caseback, you put a case back where you got it from.

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    Re: Is it "caseback" or "case back?" Explain and justify your reasoning

    What about case-back?
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    Re: Is it "caseback" or "case back?" Explain and justify your reasoning

    My phone always auto-corrects caseback to case back.

    I still stink it’s caseback.


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    Re: Is it "caseback" or "case back?" Explain and justify your reasoning

    Quote Originally Posted by OfficerCamp View Post
    My phone always auto-corrects caseback to case back.

    I still stink it’s caseback.


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    Is that auto-correct or auto correct?
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    Re: Is it "caseback" or "case back?" Explain and justify your reasoning

    Quote Originally Posted by OfficerCamp View Post
    My phone always auto-corrects caseback to case back.

    I still stink it’s caseback.


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    Well played sir...
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    Re: Is it "caseback" or "case back?" Explain and justify your reasoning

    Caseback, imo. It's a separate speciality piece / component. Case back is just the backside of the case. A watch may have a caseback on it's case back, or it may have a solid front-loaded case without a caseback at the case back.
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    Is it "PEE-dan-tic" or "PEH-dan-tic"?
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