How do people feel about the trend towards compounding of words - as in the attempt in the title; as in childbirth, childlike, childcare, childabuse? My spell-checker approved the first three but not the last. I agree about childabuse as the pronunciation is distorted. OED has even the first three as two words - not even hyphenated. I think words which come trippingly to the tongue are going to be compounded?

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