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surveyed over 150 WordBiz Report subscribers in March
2003 on which spelling they prefer and use. Barbara Feldman,
who runs SurfNetKids,
did the same recently (Barbara, thanks for the idea).
of WordBiz readers voted for website
35 percent chose Web site
I then put the 'Web site' vs. 'website' challenge to Norman
Goldstein, AP Stylebook
editor. Here's how he replied:
in the sense we're talking about, really means a
preference (in spelling or punctuation or capitalization
or usage) when there is a choice to be made.
AP made the choice of "Web site" for what
we thought were very good, language-based, reasons.
Others are free to use their preference - as long
as it is clear to a reader and consistent.
none of us can claim to create a "new language,"
Internet, or elsewhere. (Every generation of teenagers,
comes up with its own "language," but
it fades quickly into oblivion.)
More creative writers than I have said - wisely
- that "usage will
push new meanings into currency no matter how many
themselves into the path of change."
Goldstein, editor AP StyleBook [May
is a selection of provocative responses from WordBiz readers
on this spelling/style question:
web site is so... old skool
- website just looks better. Of course I probably feel
that way because I'm 25, an avid surfer, and grew up with
not the greatest grammer. I am finally starting to understand
word usage on the Internet, but Web site just doesn't
do it for me.
The noun "website" looks better and is informal;
however, I will not use it that way until the major style
guides change. Until then, they recommend "Web site,"
and I use "Web site."
English is a consensual language ( which is why we English
don't object to Americans telling us how to spell ;) and
these variants in newish words will probably not settle
down until the next-but-one edition of the Greater Oxford.
But think how boring it would be if we had an academy
and couldn't go around inventing words!
I know that Web site is "correct" grammatically,
but I prefer the one-word version
I work for an engineering firm and fight the decapitalize
battle every day. Language evolves; it's time for us to
let website catch hold.
While I would still capitalize Internet (noun), in the
case of web site, 'web' is an adjective and would not
The World Wide Web is a legal trademark, and should be
handled as such, the same as name brands, people's titles
and government entities.
- I think the reason it should be two words with the capital
W is because it refers to a proper noun (World Wide Web...you
wouldn't write that world wide web, right?) and to combine
them into two words would be like writing kleenextissues.
How about standardizing email (e-mail, eMail...) too?
Then again, in academia we can't even figure out Bachelors/bachelors/bachelor's
degree and Master's/master's degree.
Our internal style is to use "Web site", but
it drives me nuts. Since most technical and insider publications
use "website", I think the alternate spelling
gives you a low-tech vibe.
Originally, Web site was more accurate since "Web"
was used as an adjective describing a type of site. Now
the term,website, is used almost exclusively as a noun,
a specific entity.
I like website - it's more comfortable than "Web
site," less stodgy, less 90's.
This has evolved. Two years ago, I would have said "Web
site," but it has become a "portmanteau"
word and should no longer be capitalized.
My second grader has studied compound words recently and
it just seems like "website" is an obvious compound
word -- how's that for simple logic??
My spellcheckers say web site. But then they don't believe
in email, either, only e-mail.
The term "website" is clear and focused. Since
the term is being used more and more, there's no reason
to make it two words.
I type this word countless times a day - I used to use
the more pc 'Web site' but these days the fact that 'website'
has two fewer keystrokes gives it my vote.
does it matter???
A web site is a marketing tool ....just like a brochure,
an ad, direct mail, etc., so why does it need cap W?
I believe a third option is web site.
If we can invent dumb words like moped and longarm (don't
ask, it's exclusive to my industry), then "website"
most certainly deserves real-word status!
I go back and forth on this one, but for now I'm using