RE: e-verything

Subject: RE: e-verything
From: Yvonne DeGraw <ydegraw -at- home -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 23:32:14 -0800

Marguerite Krupp <mkrupp -at- cisco -dot- com> wrote:
>My take is that hyphens for "e-verything" will eventually vanish the same
>way as the umlaut did as we assimilate the Internet and all its vocabulary.

Yes, that's my near-term take. Further out, I think the "e" will often get
dropped as the electronic form becomes pervasive. I already often specify
"snail mail" or "physical mail" when I'm talking about the kind with stamps.

I recall a science fiction book that was supposed to take place around 50
years in the future. The author used "on-line" to describe the functions of
various wearable or body-embedded devices. It made me cringe repeatedly.
Not only had the - gone out of online by the time the book was published,
but in 2050 I'd expect that few electronic devices will be "off-line".

My two-year-old was recently pointing to analog watches in a store and
calling them "tickety-tock clocks". I asked him what the digital watches
were. The answer: "regular clocks".

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