Package of tips: Wrap up, wrapup and wrap-up

Here’s some advice that more editors ought to put a little bow on and give to more writers: the difference between wrap up, wrapup and wrap-up.

Wrap up is a verb that means to place colorful paper around or to finish up. For example, Dawn decided to wrap up her sister’s birthday gift in gold paper or We’ll wrap up the investigation here in just a few minutes.

Wrapup, however, is a noun. It refers to a brief statement that summarizes the most important information. To wit, The news anchor gave her wrapup of the day’s news at 11 p.m.

Wrap-up is an alternate way of spelling wrapup.