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    Proprietor or Owner of a Website

    Are "proprietor" and "owner" equivalent in the case of a website?

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    Re: Proprietor or Owner of a Website

    To me, they always mean the same thing, whatever the context. They both mean "owner".

    "Proprietor" came into English via Old French, in the Middle English period.

    "Owner" stems directly from Old English.

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    Re: Proprietor or Owner of a Website

    Could 'proprietor' be used only if it is a commercial website?

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    Re: Proprietor or Owner of a Website

    I think you are probably right Matthew. To me, it always implies personal ownership, so you will hear of a shop, pub, website or business proprietor, but I've never heard of a government being referred to as the proprietor of a state website.

    It is very closely related to the word "property" (again from Old French into Middle English), referring to the ownership of land, buildings and business.

    I therefore think that personal ownership is probably inherent in the English sense of the modern word.
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    Re: Proprietor or Owner of a Website

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Proprietor or Owner of a Website

    There is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find useful.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: Proprietor or Owner of a Website

    According to Google, owner is more commonly used:

    "website owner" 7,630,000 results
    "website proprietor" 99,600 results

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    Re: Proprietor or Owner of a Website

    I think this is possibly because many websites are not commercial, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Proprietor or Owner of a Website

    It might be the case Matthew, but I have a feeling it may be to do with several factors.

    One reason might be to do with the words themselves. My feeling is that for BrE speakers anyway, "owner" is a more instinctive term to use than "proprietor", which is longer, has more syllables, and is slightly harder to pronounce. Since the two words mean exactly the same thing in English [update: I mean in the context of this topic thread, where people have a choice between the two words], why would people choose the longer word when a shorter, simpler one, will do instead.
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 17-Aug-2015 at 18:48. Reason: Update for Clarity.

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    Re: Proprietor or Owner of a Website

    "Proprietor" is used to refer to an owner of a business or property whereas "owner" is general, covering just about everything.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/proprietor
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