Linguistics question

With regards to the common phrase “hard-core”.  I have always spelled it as before, using the word “core”, as I took it to mean that someone had a “hard core”, as in the core of their being was hardened.

Today I saw it spelled “hard corps”, using “corps” as in Marine Corps, or Corps of Cadets, which I took to mean a group of hardened individuals.

So I’m wondering which you guys use, or what version of “corps” you’ve associated the word with?

12 thoughts on “Linguistics question”

  1. I’m not an English major, but I did well in the subject. Hard-core is the correct way of referring to someones beliefs or ideology. A corps is a group of people who may or may not be hard-core in and of themselves.

  2. I vote for “hardcore”. “Hard corps” must just be a play on words.

  3. It’s hard–core. Someone must be unclear on the etymology, or maybe they were making a joke or something like that.

  4. I’ve always used “hard-core” and am fairly certain that’s the correct version, hyphen included.

    However, I would probably use “hard-corps” if I felt like being cute while referencing Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children. Since members of the USMC tend to dislike “cute” references, I’ll probably stick with “hard-core” when referencing them as well.

  5. “Hard corps” is a pun. Thus spaketh the American Heritage Dictionary.

  6. Hard-core, as in “hard-core” and “soft-core” porn. Isn’t that the most common usage of “hard-core,” anyway? If so, it should be the preferred approach.

    “Hard corps porn” sounds like a sub-genre of hard-core gay porn…

  7. What Mr. Alcibiades McZombie said. “Hard Corps” is a pun on “hard core”.

    PS: I’m a little shocked. I was sure that Firefox wouldn’t know how to spell “Alcibiades” and I’d have to learn it somethin’ new. It’s still clueless on “McZombie”, however.

  8. Hai, d00d: u have 2 remember that getting a labtop does not make u a spalling, um, spelling x-pert.

    Reminder to the Kiddies: spell check is not an Eastern European Exorcist.

  9. I always thought hyphens could be dropped after a period of time, such as “e-mail” to “email”.

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