I just ran across this Huffington Post story about recent changes to the AP Stylebook, “the journalist’s bible,” and it feels like the black-and-white world has tilted a bit. As of this past weekend, there’s no longer a dash in the word e-mail!
Ahem. I mean email.
Even crazier, apparently I’m nearly a year behind in realizing Web site is now website.
I’m a longtime AP Style proponent due to my years as a reporter and editor for various community newspapers. These updates make sense, certainly, with the prevalence of both terms. Everyone I know has been using email and website for years, and I’ve been the odd stickler for the “proper” way.
I’m sure as the Internet (oh wait, is Internet lowercase now?) changes, and as more tech words waltz into our everyday lexicon, it makes sense for AP to adapt. Also, and this makes me feel a little less disconcerted, a recent Q and A by the editors explains email was changed to reflect its regular usage, but other e-terms will retain their hyphens. For now.
Still, all this shocks my grayscale heart. Just a little. (For the record, I was really thrown when The New York Times started running color on the front page in 1997, followed by the Wall Street Journal in 2002.)
Sure, I probably should go get a Chicago manual and study hard, since Chicago dominates the book-publishing world, but I’ve always loved AP, so instead I’ll go buy the 2011 Stylebook when it comes out in May.
Then I’ll email my friends about it. If I can remember to lose the hyphen.