Okay, as an author I’m having some trouble determining the ‘proper use’ of a made-up word.
In the past I’ve used it as a noun, verb, and title. I know I’m not the most technical writer but I’m trying to figure out how to standardize the term for our narrow little niche of fiction. Here is how I see the term being used in universe.
MailGirl – this spelling is used exclusively as branding by the fictional company “MailGirl Enterprises”.
Mailgirl – title referring to a specific person. ‘Mailgirl Six’, ‘Mailgirl Nine’, etc.
mailgirl – lower case to show this use is as a position within the company; think ‘postman’, ‘officer’, ‘janitor’. May sometimes be used as a plural instead of a specific: “get some mailgirls down here” as opposed to “get our Mailgirls down here”.
mailgirl (verb) – ‘to mailgirl’, literally to perform the acts of a mailgirl, perform office tasks naked and in a non-personal/professional nature. Possibly “mailgirling” when mailgirls speak amongst themselves.
This is getting confusing. I had to explain the improper use of the F-word to a coworker once as English was not their first language and that work has multiple informal uses. I’m running into the same problem with mailgirl and I hope this place it would be best to workshop it.
I am eagerly looking forward to input from the community as I’m preparing something to publish. Thanks in advance.