Should welfare be divided in the UK?

In much of the English-speaking world, even in the United Kingdom, and especially in Australia, well-being is usually a word, without a script. In North America, the word is written with hyphens, well-being. Hyphenated wellness is the standard form of this noun. The welfare of one word and the welfare of two words are not accepted variants.

Both Merriam Webster (American) and Oxford (British) say it should be scripted. Isn't that a question for a dictionary? The noun welfare seems that it could be formed as a compound, as welfare, or left as separate words, as welfare, but despite its long history, only one spelling has been standard. Despite its long history, well-being has never been transformed into a single word and is still scripted to this day. Well-being as a word without hyphens is the standard spelling in the United Kingdom, Australia and other English-speaking countries outside North America.

That is, welfare can be found in the correct British texts and dictionaries, in addition to welfare. The AP style book and Garner's modern use of English, for example, claim that well-being is scripted. Noun welfare consists of an adjective and a verb, so a hyphen is needed for words to become one. The word should never be written as two words without a hyphen; well-being is meaningless, since no two nouns are united to form a new object (and, therefore, a new word), as is the case with ice cream.

In addition, I will show you a useful memory tool that will help you choose well-being or well-being in your own future writing.

Estelle Palacios
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