Thursday, May 19, 2011

email ain't e-mail anymore

The Associated Press has updated their AP Stylebook and has declared the proper written term for electronic mail to be email. They apparently base this decision on the non-hyphenated variation being more prevalent in common usage than the hyphenated version.

And yet, they in the same entry advise writers to continue to hyphenate the e when writing about other electronic sources such as e-books, e-commerce and so forth.

I'm not sure I like the AP Stylebook going with the popular trend rather than the proper terminology, but they have made their call and email is the official AP Stylebook approved format now.