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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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4:56 am on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Now you're not wrong either way. "Web site" may be old fashioned, but it still works.
1:51 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I don't mind "web site" as much as I hate "page" used to mean website.

"give me the address of your page."
sorry, which one? The privacy policy? The cart thank you page?
1:54 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Does this mean now we have to start using 'site rather than site when referring to a website to do it correctly?
1:58 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I wish I could spend my day agonizing over decisions like that...! It only took them a good 20 years... :)

Now is internet without a capital "I" acceptable? And will webpage follow suit? We'll wait with baited breath for the next 20 years!
2:10 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What about web-site? Is that acceptable?
2:41 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It's been like this for quite a while for some: [askoxford.com...]
3:07 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What about web-site? Is that acceptable?


NO!
It's a website.
3:13 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Actually, to call some of that stuff out there a "website" would be criminal...
3:15 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Jean,
Yeah, I saw that link but I didn't want attention drawn to it. But I agree with carleisenstein, I am one of those folks who want to use a little "i" on internet. Would someone gimme an example here: Internet should be have a cap because it's like...what?

(And then there are people who get all tied up in knots about zip code, saying it should be ZIP code, since it stands for Zone Improvement Plan," but, come on...the postal service obviously came up with zip code first, then came up with something it was suppose to stand for.)
3:15 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'm so screwed.

Now I have to re-design all those web sites I built in the last decade.
3:27 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I suppose it's still okay for us to use "a site on the web"? Or..."my hosting site versus a test site, on the web"?

Or do we now have to say, "my hosting website versus a test website"?

Bah! Humbug! "Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?" --Clarence Darrow [dangling participle his own]
3:31 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I feel so ahead of the times. I have been using website for years.

I even have it added into all my spell check dictionaries.

Vindication!
3:31 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Just don't call it interwebz or teh interwebz anymore, please!
3:36 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Apparently, dictionary.com hasn't caught up:

[dictionary.reference.com...]

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.


For me, it will remain a site on the web, hence, web site. :-)

As in And Earth Shall Abide, the language is evolving.
4:05 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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website


That'll do donkey, that'll do.
4:21 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Ironically good timing, I have the 2009 AP Stylebook and looked for exactly this yesterday but it was not in the printed book.
4:30 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Internet should be have a cap because it's like...what?

Autobahn?

But originally it was "inter-net", I think...
4:35 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Website, web site, web-site, web_site, teh interwebz...it's all good.
4:39 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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But some are gooder than others.
4:41 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Style manuals are about consistency, more than correctness. You look silly if you spell a word different ways in the same article, even if both ways are correct, like gray and grey.

Dictionaries are the arbiters of correctness, so "web site" and "Web site" are still acceptable.
4:43 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Dagnabit! I wasted my money on "web site.com".
5:08 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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LOL.
5:20 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Internet vs internet...
Autobahn?


Well, it's not the Highway, it's the highway.

Found this:
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....
[grammar.quickanddirtytips.com...]


One big specific place? Like the earth? (It's the "the" that often appears in front of "internet" which give one a clue that people are not thinking about this carefully...)

just don't call it interwebz or teh interwebz...


Don't forget "the inter-tubes."
5:31 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Internet could be lower-case i, but it would refer to a smaller internet as opposed to the world-wide Internet. That said, I am too uncaring to capitalize an I.

i've always said website and probably webpage as one word because it feels right. Looks like my spell checker had website as a word for a while (unless i added it), but not webpage.
7:12 pm on Apr 19, 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.


Oh, please! Get a grip!

May I quote you from the Oxford English Dictionary's website?

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.


My emphasis added.

[askoxford.com:80...]

Just imagine that I'm on the other side of the screen shaking my head from side to side in weary disbelief and saying "Tut, tut!" repeatedly, because that's exactly what I am doing!

:-)

[edit]...ah, just clicked on Jean's link and see that it references the same information as here. No matter, I'm still shaking my head and tut-tutting...[/edit]

[edited by: Syzygy at 7:17 pm (utc) on Apr 19, 2010]

7:14 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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sorry, but....

It's "It's" and not "Its"
(see home page title)
8:39 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Defanjos beat me to it, but the title of this post should be "It's....," not "Its...." "It's" is a contraction of "It is." "Its" is the possessive adjective of the personal pronoun "it."
10:15 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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But, isn't a website a resident of the webs?

-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]

10:18 pm on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure glad I have mostly used "website" from the first.
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