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    A Change in Spelling

    I think that many members will be interested in this news:

    The Associated Press, which supplies news stories to many newspapers here and abroad, has just announced that its reporters no longer need write "Web site." They may now write "website."

    For English learners, this is an excellent example of how English terms often start with two words and then gradually become one word. The AP, of course, is just catching up with the times, for most people have probably been writing "website" for quite a long time.

    Thank you.

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    Re: A Change in Spelling

    They are catching up with usage, but they can't jump in too early or they'd be changing all the time. I think there needs to be an established usage first. A few years ago, I remember some people were arguing that email should be uncountable like mail, but that was steamrollered and i doubt that many would argue that position now.

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    Re: A Change in Spelling

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They are catching up with usage, but they can't jump in too early or they'd be changing all the time. I think there needs to be an established usage first. A few years ago, I remember some people were arguing that email should be uncountable like mail, but that was steamrollered and i doubt that many would argue that position now.
    No, I can't imagine email being treated like mail either!

    As far as the original post is concerned, I can't remember the last time I saw "Web site"!

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