Re: Guidelines for using "e" in front of terms?

Subject: Re: Guidelines for using "e" in front of terms?
From: Brian Hooper <hooperbc -at- mindspring -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 11:59:47 -0800

I absolutely agree with Geoff here. The term "e-business" is indeed an IBM
service mark. Therefore, in many cases, competitors of IBM opt to replace
"e-business" with "Internet business." You might want to follow suit.

"Hart, Geoff" wrote:

> Wade Courtney wonders: <<Are there any websites for this? [Guidelines for
> using "e" in front of terms]>>
> My advice: e-void the whole darn issue. Seems like e-verything these days
> has an e-prefix e-ppended to the word. E-xtremely annoying for those of us
> who be-lieve that E-nglish has e-nough words to communicate e-ffectively
> without coining new ones for no purpose.
> <<For instance is it, e business, e-business, or business?>>
> The preferred term seems to be e-commerce nowadays; I believe "e-business"
> is an IBM service mark (see for
> instance). I'm with the group of editors who feels that "e-" (as in e-mail)
> is the preferred form until the unhyphenated form becomes standard in
> popular usage; that's admittedly a judgment call, but at least it follows
> the historical practice in English of starting compounds words as hyphenated
> compounds, then gradually setting the words solid as a single word after
> several years of widespread use.

Brian C. Hooper
Writer/Editor and Web Text Analyst

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