Hole Greater Than Sum of Its Parts

There are a lot of compound words that end in -hole in our business:

Openhole

Downhole

Bottomhole

Borehole

Rathole

Slimhole

Tophole

Uphole

These are single words, not hyphenated — with one exception: if “open hole” is used as a noun rather than an adjective.

Adjective: “The engineer selected an openhole, gravel pack completion.”

but

Noun: “The drill string was dropped into the open hole.”

One Response to “Hole Greater Than Sum of Its Parts”

  1. Donna Marcotte Says:

    Oh my!This column is just begging for some snappy retort, but I can’t think of anything that clever right now.
    I did come to your blog, dear Jeanne, looking to confirm whether openhole was, in fact, one or two words. As I thought, it was both. What a fabulous resource. You need to send a link to the STC in Houston–I’m sure many writers will appreciate this site as much as I do.

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