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AP: "Website" is now a word

Don't say "web site." Associated Press makes it official

     
9:47 pm on Apr 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Effective today, the official Associated Press style is "website" as one word.

This was formally announced at the American Copy Editors Society conference Friday afternoon. The change will appear in the 2010 Stylebook.

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So who really cares is how this thread is going but what about webmaster verses web master? Has that been figured out? :-)
1:45 am on Apr 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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So who really cares is how this thread is going but what about webmaster verses web master? Has that been figured out? :-)


Not yet, but I do know one thing for sure... I'm the master of my domain.
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I've been using "website" for years - it never occurred to me to use anything else. It makes no more sense to write "my Website" than it does to write "my Car".

There is no rational reason to capitalise "internet". You would not write "an Intranet" and you would not write "the Ocean".

The only reason "internet" has ever been capitalised is that there were a lot of stupid people involved in the early days - oh, wait a minute, there are still loads of stupid people involved. I think I'm right in saying that client-side inclusion of text still hasn't been added even to HTML 5 (or did I miss that).

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sorry, but....

It's "It's" and not "Its"
(see home page title)


That happened here because I an a long-time editor who screwed up other people's words, so the fates get their revenge on me every chance they get.
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Come on, everybody knows it's a web sight :-) :-) :-)
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The grammar police have landed.
I agree anything but 'page'.
'teh interwebz' I like that most. :D
12:38 pm on Apr 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi there People,

Well if this is now a definate word - is it acceptable in scrabble seeing as they have changed their rules lately?

It's not a word until I can use it in scrabble! ;-P

I have always used website, occasionally webpage, but that is just referring to a specific page, thats by definition; website has always been the correct word IMHO.

Honestly though Peter Kay needs educating too - 'tinterweb, it was funny for about 5 seconds, then again, Peter Kay and funny in the same sentance is rare...

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"There is no rational reason to capitalise "internet". You would not write "an Intranet" and you would not write "the Ocean". "

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But you would write the 'Pacific Ocean' not the 'Pacific ocean' becuase in that case 'Ocean' forms part of a proper noun.

The common argument is that 'Internet' should be capitalised as it was the name given to a specific worldwide network using the TCP/IP protocol. Therefore the Internet is the name of an internet and, according to the rules of English grammar, names should generally be capitalised.

That said, I use 'internet' as I believe that this has become the common usage (in the same way that some people use 'hoover' instead of vacuum cleaner).
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Duh! I've been using "website" since 1998. Glad the rest of the world - and the AP - has finally caught on to the correct usage.
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Now if only they could get together and do something about the poor quality of journalism in general.
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do something about the poor quality of journalism in general.

...fast and easy self-pubitching leads to
to poor self editting.

But to get back to the [web]site / inter-net thing, the worst is when someone asks me to look at their web page, then there are 5-6 "pages" that make up the site, and when I ask which one, they say "the front page".
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Will Google penalize my rankings if I change Web site to website?

p/g
6:53 pm on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Style manuals are about consistency, more than correctness


Timster is absolutely correct on that point. And I wouldn't even accept that dictionaries are authoritative arbiters of correct usage. I'm more of the opinion that dictionaries need to be 'descriptive' of the way people already use language, rather than 'prescriptive' of the way people ought to use it.
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Website, web site... same difference. lol
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Hmmm, I disagree, Ronin. Few people can write a simple sentence without grammatical errors. Without dictionaries and grammar usage manuals telling us what is correct, writing and English usage with decline even further.
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I wouldn't even accept that dictionaries are authoritative arbiters of correct usage

There are certainly errors in dictionaries. For instance, I have a dictionary that says of AN, "used before an initial vowel and sometimes before H". Whilst it is true to say that AN is used before H it is quite wrong to imply that such usage is correct (in English).

The English language and vocabulary have always changed and always will but it's only in recent years that sloppy grammar has become acceptable (to some).

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