Monday, April 19, 2010

A Website by Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

Last week, via the American Copy Editors Society conference and Twitter, AP announced that, effective immediately, the correct way to describe a “computer connected to the Internet that maintains a series of web pages on the World Wide Web” is “website” rather than “Web site,” which is what has been correct until the announcement of the change.

This might not be the only change. AP is considering dropping the usage of state abbreviations (it may not surprise you that I would actually applaud that. We already always spell out state names at January Magazine), dropping the name of Canadian provinces in datelines (i.e., Calgary, Canada) and changing "e-mail" to "email." Not entirely sure how I feel about any of those but, effective immediately, we’ll be using “web site” and “web,” though it will probably hurt my eyes forever.

I go into a bit more detail on the matter on my personal blog here.


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