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Re: Sportscar / motorsports

Subject: Re: Sportscar / motorsports
Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 12:53:59 EDT
In a message dated 5/10/99 12:08:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< Which is proper;
 sportscar, sports car, sportcar, or sport car?
 motorsports, motor sports?
 An inquiring mind wants to know.  >>

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I consulted the ultimate authority, the spell checker in Microsoft Word.

Sportscar is actually spelled "Sportswear" to be correct.  Sportcar is 
supposed to be "Sportier." (Although it didn't say than what!  I can only 
presume it meant than a Triumph.)  Motorsports has no suggestion.  If you 
make the terms two words, they are all correct, by MS Word.

I also checked the Internet.  I did two web searches on HotBot.  (With a 
capital letter in the middle...see below.)  The word sportscar had 4,910 
hits, but the exact term "sports car" had 38,010 hits.

My personal feeling is that sportscar and motorsports are correct.  As much 
as making sports wear into sportswear, sports car should become sportscar.  
These are terms used by enthusiasts and are now acceptible.

The SCCA magazine is SportsCar, with that capital letter in the midDle.  (Who 
started that?!?)

As long as you are having fun and keeping a sportscar alive, use whatever 
term you like.  We all know what you mean.

Allen Hefner
'77 Midget
'92 Mitsubishi Expo LRV Sport

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