The other day, this creature of habit encountered something that shook her life. I am not talking about the recent quakes that have been – literally – shaking our part of the world, but the entry written by Paul Carr did make me snap out of my lethargy. So what could have been so world-shaking?
E-mail. E-mailing. E-mailed.
No matter how you use the word or which form of the word you use, according to the Associate Press, the official spelling is now email.1 On March 18, AP published a press release stating that the style guidelines are being updated and that the hyphen in e-mail is being removed.2 Here’s a snippet from that advisory.
email Acceptable in all references for electronic mail. Many email or Internet addresses use symbols such as the at symbol (@), or the tilde (~) that cannot be transmitted correctly by some computers. When needed, spell them out and provide an explanatory editor’s note. Use a hyphen with other e- terms: e-book, e-business, e-commerce.
More so, the words smartphone and cellphone are to be spelled the way I just wrote them.
I suppose that this is a prime example of how language evolves. Call me a stubborn gal, but for someone who has been a stickler for the use of that hyphen, this news is not welcome. Forget the fact that it is easier to write email without the hyphen. Forget the fact that I just might be the only person still using e-mail (the spelling, obviously). Forget the fact that AP and its host of editors know ten thousand things more than I do. The change from e-mail to email just doesn’t sit well with me. As Paul Carr said in his post: “Out of my cold, dead hands, AP. Out of my cold, dead hands.”3
What about you, readers? Have you been using email or e-mail? Which spelling do you prefer, and will you follow AP’s addition to its style guide?
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- Source: TechCrunch [↩]
- AP’s Press Release [↩]
- Pardon me for ranting in this entry. We all have our days, don’t we? Oh, and just for fun, check out AP’s Contact Page, which seems to need an update as per their new guidelines. [↩]