In an online CPE mock test I was given this question:
- The princess's nanny's autobiography really gives the ____ on the life among the royals.
The correct answer was "low-down" which I did choose.
But I'm having a trouble understanding why an "adjective-spelled" word is used in place of a noun.
I might be wrong, but "low-down" is an adjective that means: mean or unfair whereas "lowdown" is the noun that means: relevant information.
Is there no difference between spelling this word with a hyphen or without one?