Go-between is a hyphenated compound word. A compound word is a word derived from two or more separate words used together to create another word. Compound words are new words that have a different meaning than the definitions of the original words. Compound words are usually composed of two nouns, or an adjective and a noun. New compound words usually consist of two or more separate words, and are called open compound words. Midway through their evolution, compound words may acquire hyphens between the two or more words. A hyphenated compound word is a compound that is composed of two or more words linked by hyphens. Hyphenated compound words are the most likely type of compound words to be composed of two adjectives or two verbs. Hyphenated compound words are often coined by writers, as J.K. Rowling did when she created the phrase He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named to describe Lord Voldemort. In general, hyphenated compound words are midway on the journey between being rendered as separate words to being rendered as one word. When a compound becomes a closed compound word, which consists of two or more words joined without any hyphen or space, it has usually been in use for a long time. The advent of the internet has sped up the process of becoming a closed compound word. Understanding words that are compound words will expand one’s basic English vocabulary. We will examine the meaning of the word go-between, its etymology, and some examples of its use in a sentence or two.

A go-between is an intermediary or an emissary. A go-between acts as a broker or a mediator between two or more factions or people. The word go-between is a noun, though it was originally used as a verbal phrase when it first appeared in the mid-1500s to mean to function as a middleman, especially in cases of intrigue. The plural form of go-between is go-betweens.


Beth Renstrom, who was announced as director Monday by the foundation, said her main duties will involve operating as a go-between for the foundation and the city, which have an agreement for the foundation to develop the historic structure into a three-season event space as part of the city’s waterfront redevelopment plan. (Green Bay Press Gazette)

As a member of the board’s grievance committee, Johnson was able to act as a go-between for students, their parents and school principals. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Orantes not only served as a go-between for those who only spoke Spanish, but she served as transportation as well. (Opelika-Auburn News)

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