"Coworking" vs. "Co-working"

I know many in the industry prefer “coworking” vs. “co-working” (hyphenating it). In New Mexico one of the prominent Business Journals is publishing a new coworking list but the survey states ‘co-working.’ When I approached the list editor that industry standard has become ‘coworking’ she said they follow AP style (but appreciated the heads up). I wonder what it might take to get AP to change it to one word? That might be what others are following as well (beyond just media). Any thoughts?

Lauren McDaniel

I’m so glad I’m not the only one asking this question! I’ve also found that coworking has become industry standard, but for a little while when we first started exploring the idea, we used co-working. (Since switching, I’ve had people make the “I don’t know how to ork a cow” joke, which gets real old!) I don’t know what it would take to make AP standard change, though; maybe if it’s added to the dictionary without hyphenation? If it’s an actual word instead of an idea, maybe that would take precedence.

I use ‘coworking’ as a way to separate from ‘co-worker’.

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On Monday, 5 March 2018 18:54:52 UTC, Lauren McDaniel wrote:

I know many in the industry prefer “coworking” vs. “co-working” (hyphenating it). In New Mexico one of the prominent Business Journals is publishing a new coworking list but the survey states ‘co-working.’ When I approached the list editor that industry standard has become ‘coworking’ she said they follow AP style (but appreciated the heads up). I wonder what it might take to get AP to change it to one word? That might be what others are following as well (beyond just media). Any thoughts?

Lauren McDaniel

We started years ago with on “co-working” but noticed more people search for and use the term “coworking” so decided to use that one.

Kevin Whelan

Everspace.comMarketing for Coworking Spaces

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On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11:21:10 AM UTC-5, Damian Mears wrote:

I use ‘coworking’ as a way to separate from ‘co-worker’.

On Monday, 5 March 2018 18:54:52 UTC, Lauren McDaniel wrote:

I know many in the industry prefer “coworking” vs. “co-working” (hyphenating it). In New Mexico one of the prominent Business Journals is publishing a new coworking list but the survey states ‘co-working.’ When I approached the list editor that industry standard has become ‘coworking’ she said they follow AP style (but appreciated the heads up). I wonder what it might take to get AP to change it to one word? That might be what others are following as well (beyond just media). Any thoughts?

Lauren McDaniel

Well you could refer them to the definitive authority:

http://doescoworkinghaveahyphen.com/

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On Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:54:52 PM UTC+1, Lauren McDaniel wrote:

I know many in the industry prefer “coworking” vs. “co-working” (hyphenating it). In New Mexico one of the prominent Business Journals is publishing a new coworking list but the survey states ‘co-working.’ When I approached the list editor that industry standard has become ‘coworking’ she said they follow AP style (but appreciated the heads up). I wonder what it might take to get AP to change it to one word? That might be what others are following as well (beyond just media). Any thoughts?

Lauren McDaniel

Oops hit send too soon.

Anyway, here is the process to change it, as worked out by…another Lauren, lol.

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/coworking/co-working$20ap$20style|sort:date/coworking/m5nk75rfKk8/7ckh8YtiMGoJ

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On Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:54:52 PM UTC+1, Lauren McDaniel wrote:

I know many in the industry prefer “coworking” vs. “co-working” (hyphenating it). In New Mexico one of the prominent Business Journals is publishing a new coworking list but the survey states ‘co-working.’ When I approached the list editor that industry standard has become ‘coworking’ she said they follow AP style (but appreciated the heads up). I wonder what it might take to get AP to change it to one word? That might be what others are following as well (beyond just media). Any thoughts?

Lauren McDaniel

Oh my gosh, I love that they actually bought that domain! Glad there is a ‘definitive’ answer, though. Definitely validates the choice to not hyphenate!

:slight_smile:

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On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 11:22 AM, Jenn | Studio 25 Coworking [email protected] wrote:

Oh my gosh, I love that they actually bought that domain! Glad there is a ‘definitive’ answer, though. Definitely validates the choice to not hyphenate!

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The #1 mistake in community building is doing it by yourself.

Better Coworkers: http://indyhall.org

Weekly Coworking Tips: http://coworkingweekly.com

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Thank you for this! I reached out to the other Lauren to see if she had any update since 2014. Would love to see a consistent use of “coworking”!

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The #1 mistake in community building is doing it by yourself.

Better Coworkers: http://indyhall.org

Weekly Coworking Tips: http://coworkingweekly.com

My Audiobook: https://theindyhallway.com/ten

On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 11:22 AM, Jenn | Studio 25 Coworking [email protected] wrote:

Oh my gosh, I love that they actually bought that domain! Glad there is a ‘definitive’ answer, though. Definitely validates the choice to not hyphenate!

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This discussion about coworking vs. co-working really concludes now with the AP Stylebook’s acknowledgement/announcement!

Yes, you’ll enjoy witnessing the use of coworking and not co-working in the news and articles going forward.

AP-Style-Coworking.jpg

Original tweet from AP Style Book here:

https://twitter.com/APStylebook/status/1047857825131712512

Congrats to all in the community who kept the pressure on, and never accepted AP Stylebooks’ previous use.

Ky Ekinci
@OfficeDivvy

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On Monday, March 5, 2018 at 1:54:52 PM UTC-5, Lauren McDaniel wrote:

I know many in the industry prefer “coworking” vs. “co-working” (hyphenating it). In New Mexico one of the prominent Business Journals is publishing a new coworking list but the survey states ‘co-working.’ When I approached the list editor that industry standard has become ‘coworking’ she said they follow AP style (but appreciated the heads up). I wonder what it might take to get AP to change it to one word? That might be what others are following as well (beyond just media). Any thoughts?

Lauren McDaniel

I can now sleep at night!

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YES!

And I’ve updated doescoworkinghaveahyphen.com to include the announcement from AP. :slight_smile:

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On Oct 6, 2018, 11:58 AM -0400, Ky Ekinci (Office Divvy ™) <[email protected]>, wrote:

This discussion about coworking vs. co-working really concludes now with the AP Stylebook's acknowledgement/announcement!

Yes, you'll enjoy witnessing the use of coworking and not co-working in the news and articles going forward.

Original tweet from AP Style Book here:

https://twitter.com/APStylebook/status/1047857825131712512

Congrats to all in the community who kept the pressure on, and never accepted AP Stylebooks' previous use.

Ky Ekinci
@OfficeDivvy

On Monday, March 5, 2018 at 1:54:52 PM UTC-5, Lauren McDaniel wrote:
> I know many in the industry prefer "coworking" vs. "co-working" (hyphenating it). In New Mexico one of the prominent Business Journals is publishing a new coworking list but the survey states 'co-working.' When I approached the list editor that industry standard has become 'coworking' she said they follow AP style (but appreciated the heads up). I wonder what it might take to get AP to change it to one word? That might be what others are following as well (beyond just media). Any thoughts?
>
> Lauren McDaniel
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Awesome. I'm so happy they finally acted on it and on the letter I sent to
the head of AP as President of the European Coworking Assembly back in 2015
:slight_smile: https://coworkingassembly.eu/tag/coworking-without-hyphen/

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On Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 6:08:04 PM UTC+2, Alex Hillman wrote:

YES!

And I’ve updated doescoworkinghaveahyphen.com to include the announcement
from AP. :slight_smile:
On Oct 6, 2018, 11:58 AM -0400, Ky Ekinci (Office Divvy ™) < > [email protected] <javascript:>>, wrote:

This discussion about coworking vs. co-working really concludes now with
the AP Stylebook's acknowledgement/announcement!

Yes, you'll enjoy witnessing the use of *coworking* and *not* co-working
in the news and articles going forward.

[image: AP-Style-Coworking.jpg]

Original tweet from AP Style Book here:

https://twitter.com/APStylebook/status/1047857825131712512

Congrats to all in the community who kept the pressure on, and never
accepted AP Stylebooks' previous use.

Ky Ekinci
@OfficeDivvy <http://twitter.com/OfficeDivvy>

On Monday, March 5, 2018 at 1:54:52 PM UTC-5, Lauren McDaniel wrote:

I know many in the industry prefer "coworking" vs. "co-working"
(hyphenating it). In New Mexico one of the prominent Business Journals is
publishing a new coworking list but the survey states 'co-working.' When I
approached the list editor that industry standard has become 'coworking'
she said they follow AP style (but appreciated the heads up). I wonder what
it might take to get AP to change it to one word? That might be what others
are following as well (beyond just media). Any thoughts?

Lauren McDaniel

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