By ADRIAN TAHOURDIN
To help us with our editing work at the TLS we make ample use of the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors (ODWE). In it we find confirmation, for example, that proofreader is one word and unhyphenated, as is postmodern, but that post-structuralism retains its hyphen; and that Schadenfreude remains italicized (maybe it’s time to lower-case and romanize it; it’s in common usage after all, arguably as common as doppelgänger, which ODWE doesn’t italicize).
I’ve been here so long that I really shouldn’t need to consult ODWE any more ("two words, one word in US"), but I tend to forget whether city state and nation state (are you still reading this?) are both unhyphenated. Well, nation state appears as two words and I’ve added city state myself in two words to my copy (I guess it appears less frequently than the former, and usually with reference to Renaissance Italy). But then it often seems to be rendered thus – city-state – in monographs on Renaissance Italy . . .