A few days ago, I sat down and composed an email/e-mail.
Pretty normal affair. However.
As I typed, I happened to type out the word “e-mail”….and immediately got called out by my friend who exclaimed: “Wha-t!? What is that dash? You’re supposed to spell it as just “email”! E-m-a-i-l. Nobody ever uses “e-mail” with a dash these days. You are so 90s!”
OK, it took me a few seconds to get over that shock.
90s? Nineties?? Electronic mails were not even a major form of communication until the 21st century (right?). I refuse to believe that this is a legitimate accusation.
And there we have it; another dilemma which nobody cares about. But that also means no one has the answer to it. What’s the politically correct term?
A Grammar Girl article stated that at the “American Copy Editors Society meeting the editors of the Associated Press stylebook created a stir by announcing a change in their recommended spelling: “e-mail” is now “email.” OK, but official announcements don’t do much for the population at large, especially for non-committal issues like this. So what do you think?
Email or E-mail?