Thursday, March 24, 2011

E-mail becomes email - and other recent AP Stylebook changes

On March 18 the AP Stylebook, the style and usage guide for a majority of mainstream media, officially changed E-mail to simply email – finally! I have wanted to type it without a hyphen for years, so in the middle of all the tragedy being reported out of Japan, this was welcomed news!
@apstylebook followers were the first to hear of the news, as the update was initially announced on Twitter. In the new 2011 edition of the AP Stylebook, you'll also notice updates to smartphone and cellphone, both now just one word. These changes come on the heels of  my favorite 2010 update, when it was announced that Web site would evolve to website, also just one word and lowercase!
For all you other grammar geeks like me, be sure to pick up a copy of the 2011 AP Stylebook, which has these new changes along with many others. The spiral-bound writer’s Bible is released each spring, and you will be able to find an online version on the AP Stylebook website in May!

This post was contributed by Shelby Sabin.