Can car park be spelled as carpark (one word)?

Not in standard English.

The Urban Dictionary has three non-standard or slang uses of 'carpark '.
tamguatlayCan car park be spelled as carpark (one word)?

The short answer is 'yes'. The majority of examples of it on fraze.it are from New Zealand. However, the majority of examples of "car park" are from the United Kingdom.

In short, where you live determines to some extent which version will be found acceptable.


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Well, yes it can - a simple Google search shows a 7:1 ratio for car park : carpark. And Collins gives the single word version as an alternative. That suggests that the move to a single word is underway (ha! I still prefer 'under way') and it really comes down to your confidence in being part of the vanguard, risking accusations of being 'wrong'.

anonymousrisking accusations of being 'wrong'.

That's one way of looking at it. The other way is to do what will least distract the reader or at least distract the fewest readers. That way, it's more about good style and less about the writer's ego. By the way, a "google search" reveals only what the illiterati do and is no guide to good style or usage. Ultra-descriptivistic dictionaries will list the one-word form on the strength of such searches, but they, too, are no guide.

For what it's worth, the Oxford English Dictionary spells it "car park" in the sub-heading under "car", and it is spelled that way in the three citations. They call it "chiefly British", and I call it stone British. Interestingly, it is spelled with a hyphen, "car-park", in a linked brief essay about the many words that entered the language about the same time as this one, 1926, and I suppose that means it had the hyphen originally. I would expect it to have merged into one word when the hyphen vanished, but it didn't, and I'm sure it would have done so by now if it had been used in American English (we call it a parking lot).

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CalifJimIn short, where you live determines to some extent which version will be found acceptable.

So, in this case Standard English is of no importance. I know people who spell "straitjacket" "straight jacket". They will be glad to learn that whatever they write is correct if we narrow our focus enough.

Sorry, but logic dictated.

You're fighting an uphill battle. Emotion: wink


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