Copy-and-Paste

Question: is “copy-and-paste” considered to be a single verb, or two verbs joined by a conjunction?

More to the point, is the gerund form “copy-and-pasting” or “copying-and-pasting”?

The former sounds less awkward but looks less grammatically correct. Plus, the Wikipedia article on the copy-and-paste programming anti-pattern uses it. So I guess I’ll use that form in the report I’m writing that’s due tomorrow.

OK, that’s enough stalling. Back to work.

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