Re: Email versus e-mail

Subject: Re: Email versus e-mail
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 14:50:03 +1000

Geoff Lane wrote:

On Monday, July 17, 2006, Jones, Donna wrote;

I don't know why, but the abbreviation "email" instead of "e-mail" bugs
me, though I know that both are common.


FWIW, I asked the same question when I saw a recent post. MS Manual of
style 2nd Edition V3 requires the hypen, as does every style guide
that I've used over the last five or six years. That said, I see an
increasing incidence of "email" in informal correspondence and I
suspect that it's only a matter of time before that becomes the
preferred version <g>

At Sun, we gave up on the hyphen in email as of the 2003 edition
of our internal style guide. The Editorial Forum ultimately
decided that the hyphen after Internet terms with "i-" and
"e-" was unnecessary due to the words passing into common
usage. As other people have noted, the usual path is for
hyphenated neologisms to gradually lose the hyphen as
they migrate outside the purely technical environment.

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Email versus e-mail: From: Jones, Donna
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