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Usage Note: The transition from World Wide Web site to Web site to website as a single uncapitalized word mirrors the development of other technological expressions which have tended to take unhyphenated forms as they become more familiar. Thus email is gaining ground over the forms E-mail and e-mail, especially in texts that are more technologically oriented. Similarly, there is an increasing preference for closed forms like homepage, online, and printout.
Is the Internet one specific place or is it a collection of things? Most language experts believe the Internet is one big specific place that people visit, so Internet is capitalized, as is Web because it is just a shorthand name for the Internet....
just don't call it interwebz or teh interwebz...
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.
How should the term 'website' be written in official documents and on the web?
It always takes a little time for new words to settle to a standardized form. Our most recent dictionary, the revised 11th edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary, published in July 2004, shows website as the standard form, and future dictionaries will reflect this.
[edited by: Syzygy at 7:17 pm (utc) on Apr 19, 2010]
-ite is a noun forming suffix originally borrowed into Old English in the 13th century. It comes from the French -ite via Latin - ta ( t s) via the Greek -it( s). The original meaning was ‘of, belonging or related to’. It has since splintered into several related meanings. Urdang lists these as: “a person associated with a group or organization as member, supporter, or devotee”: laborite; “a native of an area, a resident of a place or accommodation”: Israelite; “a mineral or fossil”: granulite; “an explosive”: cordite; “a member or part of a body”: somite, zonite (270).
[edited by: albo at 10:19 pm (utc) on Apr 19, 2010]