RE: "Email" vs. "E-mail"

Subject: RE: "Email" vs. "E-mail"
From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- Users -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2005 09:32:19 -0400

I personally prefer the spelling with the hyphen, because it clarifies
how the word is to be pronounced, but my observation is that the
spelling without the hyphen seems to be the preferred one/ And this
would be in line with normal linguistic drift. Word that start out as
hyphenated tend to involve into compounds words with no hyphen.

-----Original Message-----
From: ghupp -at- directcon -dot- net [mailto:ghupp -at- directcon -dot- net]
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2005 2:14 PM
Subject: "Email" vs. "E-mail"

Hi list folks,

I'm a new list member and a new-ish technical writer. I have a strong
background in e-mail software development and administration, so e-mail
documentation is one focus of my current job search.

In light of this I'm wondering if there is any consensus developing (or
existing) in the technical writing world on whether we use the
spelling "email" or "e-mail". It seems to me that neither one is really

grammatically correct, since they both stand for the term "electronic
but using the full phrase "electronic mail" over and over again begins
sound rather stilted.

I suspect that this may still be up to the style guidelines of a
organization. However, right now I'm looking for work and so am trying
impress several organizations at once with my proper use of grammar.

I looked in the archives but couldn't find any discussion of this
abbreviation. Thoughts?

This list and the archives are a fabulous resource for someone learning
ropes. Thanks!

Ginny Hupp
ghupp -at- directcon -dot- net

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