Submitted by justinforce on October 14, 2010

Accepted spellings, punctuation, and capitalization of email

We’re arguing in the office. Help us get this straight once and for all.

You could boil the question down to this: how would you write this title?

“email Is Destroying Our Children”

email or e-mail?

Do you capitalize the E if it’s at the beginning of a sentence or part of a title?

Do you capitalize the M if it’s at the beginning of a sentence or part of a title? If so, do you only do this when it’s hyphenated?

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and hyphens (and a lot of other things too) as little as possible. Therefore, "email." This is style choi supra shoes http://www.hisuprashoes.com

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this site http://pogo-american.tripod.com mail is mail and email is email means the same

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See below for the new development on this topic:

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According to this website, "email" without capitalization or hyphenation is a type of dark ink:

http://phrontistery.info/e.html

Although no one would ever use the word with that particular meaning, it could potentially be confused with electronic mail.

I still use email instead of e-mail. It looks better to me.

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The form you use for writing email/e-mail depends on what your company has chosen to use. It's important to be consistent within your organization, regardless of which form you choose.

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The rule I follow is to use capital letters and hyphens (and a lot of other things too) as little as possible. Therefore, "email." This is style choice rather than grammar--keep it simple.

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The Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications suggests using "e-mail."

As others have said, only capitalize the "e" at the start of a sentence.

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I have long written "email" un-hyphenated, but the website Future Perfect makes a strong argument for the hyphenated form:

"Remember, if your organisation has ‘chosen’ to use a certain spelling, without looking at the derivation, and ‘decided’ on no hyphen, then you are going to run into trouble when trying to write ‘eeconomy’; ‘eenvironment’."

The full article can be found here:

http://www.future-perfect.co.uk/grammartips/gra...

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AP style also prefers e-mail

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And, as everyone neglected to mention, since it's in a title, the "E" would be capitalized in your example even if it weren't at the start of the sentence.

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I use "email". On those occasions where this word starts a sentence, I write "Email".

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Both are acceptable; however, Chicago style prefers e-mail. And E-mail at the start of a sentence. Never capitalize the "m."

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In formal writing, I still use "e-mail". "E-mail" at the beginning of a sentence.

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"e-mail" was how the word started, because it was a short for electronic-mail. But I think we evolved further now, and "email" is more common. If you are not hyphenating it, it makes more sense to capitalize the e. Email. That's what I do personally. But I don't think there is a definitive answer for this. It will be settled in about 10 years, I would guess.

Also, I would imagine that some of the manuals of style would have this in them.

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