Wednesday, November 27, 2019

AP Goodbye “Web site;” Hello “Website” - The Writers For Hire

AP: GOODBYE â€Å"WEB SITE;† HELLO â€Å"WEBSITE† Good news for all word nerds: The Associated Press has finally made the switch from the old-fashioned Web site to the simpler, more natural-looking website. Yay! To me, Web site has always seemed a little stuffy and English teacher-ish. Good for AP to know when it’s time to change things up. According to the AP’s Web site – er, website – the change will be included in the 2010 print edition of the style guide. Other recent changes in AP style: †¢ Update: When used as a verb, carpool is one word (it’s still two words if used as a noun, though). †¢ Addition: The noun e-reader has been added – due to the recent deluge of gadgets like the Kindle and the iPad. Also acceptable: e-book reader. †¢ Update: The word mic is now an acceptable (informal) form of microphone. †¢ Addition: When talking about a certain angry hybrid of ultra-testosterone-fueled cage fighting, the correct term is mixed martial arts (this one surprised me; I expected a hyphen in there somewhere). No word on whether MMA is an acceptable substitute – but AP cautions that Ultimate Fighting is not to be used as a substitute (it’s actually a registered trademark). Image via Wikipedia So, what do you think? Are you happy to see the AP change with the times? Are there other changes you’d like to see?

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