RE: Dumb question: is it "email", "Email", "e-mail", or "E-mail"

Subject: RE: Dumb question: is it "email", "Email", "e-mail", or "E-mail"
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 15:02:47 -0500


Deborah Hemstreet wrote:
> My brain is befuddled by change. Could someone kindly advise the correct
> current practice for referring to Email (email, E-mail, e-mail)... I see
> it typed every which way...
>
> Is there a rule for this kind of thing? For example, I've seen
> discussion over Internet vs internet, and online Help vs online help....

The correct usage is whatever your standard style guide says. If you
don't have a style guide, pick a usage and stick with it consistently.
The forms with a capped "E" are probably not good choices since they
already look archaic, but there are legitimate arguments and preferences
for all of the other forms.

My own personal preference is e-mail, since the closed forms look like
they should be pronounced eh-mail rather than ee-mail. For many other
nonce words I prefer the closed forms, but this one just looks wrong
when closed.

-Fred Ridder
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