miniskirt but mini(-)town? (cf. superfoods, super fun)

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susanna76

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Romanian
Hi,

A question about words like mini or super. We have miniskirt and superfoods, but there are still a lot of "super fun nights" around, with "super fun" as two words. Similarly, there are mini towns (as this Danish one:
http://www.visitfredericia.com/ln-int/denmark/the-historical-mini-town-gdk608971)

Is it better to write mini town as two words, rather than mini-town? Because I don't like "super-fun" for some reason, and so I'm thinking it should be the same here.

I have no other context other than that page, but I've been thinking about the issue for quite a while.

Thank you!
 
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    I think the hyphen is nearly always used when the word is a familiar one, e.g. minicab, minicomputer).
    But we don't normally talk about miniature towns, so we write mini-town/mini-state.
     

    e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    I'm not sure! It's a lower register, almost slang, and would probably choose between two words and the hyphen.
    On the other hand, I would write superstore, supermarket, a super idea.
     
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