April 22, 2010

Our evolving language

It seems the AP Stylebook, which governs style issues in much nonfiction writing, is making the switch from Web site to website. In some circles this is stirring up quite the controversy. Will The Chicago Manual of Style, the style standard of the fiction industry, follow suit? (Insert horrified gasp here. Or an eye roll. It depends on your opinion.)

If you ask me, dropping capitals and closing compound words is part of the natural evolution of our language. Do we still speak and write Old English? Nope. Shakespeare's English? Nope. We've even made the jump from Wal-Mart to Walmart. So from Web site to website? No biggie.

Besides, think of all the time we'll save by omitting the two extra keystrokes each time we type website. : )
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