You Spell It “Web site”…

When someone asked me recently why I spell “Web site” with two words instead of one, I jokingly told them not to question a writer.  Actually that was a legitimate question and although the term “Web site” is correct, the word “website” actually appears more times on the Internet than its two-word counterpart.  Just Google the terms and you find “website” with 1.9 million plus hits while “Web site” has a mere 777,000.  Professional journalists prefer the compound term and it is the agreed upon correct spelling in the Chicago Manual of Style, the AP Stylebook, and Gregg’s Reference Manual.  Newspapers, magazines, and news Web sites alike use “Web site” in their articles.  So why do we see the incorrect terms website, web, and www so often you ask?  It takes more time to write out two words intead of one, not to mention taking the time to hit the “Shift” key to make one of those capital. 

In today’s fast-paced world where we can now check our email from our cell phones, we are searching to do things as quickly as we can.  The latest thing to suffer from this super-fast mentality is the English language.  One of the culprits responsible for deteriorating modern English as we know it – text messaging.  I am not sure who invented it but I am sure that this person was obviously not a Journalism major.  Recently I cringed after getting a text “Talk 2U L8R.”  What??  It took me five minutes to decipher this gibberish.   IMHO U should not txt.  YIKES!  You won’t catch this writer texting or spelling website this way anytime soon.

 

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1 Response to “You Spell It “Web site”…”


  1. 1 leafless June 26, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I like “website” a lot more, because one-word terms are always more catchy and easier to remember. Imagine calling “email” electronic mail.


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