One should know that trust and distrust are very crucial for any relationship.

If we want to turn "trust and distrust" into one single word, which of the following is a better choice? What is such kind of playing with words called?

  1. One should know that dis/trust is very crucial for any relationship.

  2. One should know that (dis)trust is very crucial for any relationship.

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    Is distrust crucial for a relationship? It seems to me that distrust is undesirable and could be destructive for a relationship. – Smock Jul 1 at 12:17
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    What you want to do is create something that is not a single word, but more like a marketing slogan, so you can style it to look however you want. [dis]trust, or whatever, it will never be a proper word. – TK-421 Jul 1 at 12:43
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    Neither of your sentences have combined them into a single word. Not only does the concept of trust includes the idea of distrust, but nobody would find the idea of distrust being very crucial to a relationship to be meaningful. Therefore, simply say trust. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 1 at 14:17
  • Dis, is a prefix in this case. A slash implies that you have two alternatives to the word and should be used: distrust/trust therefore the brackets (or as @Tymek suggested, square brackets) are more appropriate. As everyone else has mentioned above though, the technique doesn't really work for the sentence you have provided. – Bee Jul 1 at 16:45
  • and thus [sbeve] came into live – TK-421 Jul 1 at 17:45

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