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Accepted spellings, punctuation, and capitalization of email

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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

supra shoes December 14, 2011, 7:46pm

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

Bill Brown April 13, 2011, 2:31pm

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See below for the new development on this topic:

http://painintheenglish.com/case/4547

Dyske March 18, 2011, 2:10pm

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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.

cgtay33 February 19, 2011, 8:07pm

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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.

lauracaitlindavis January 6, 2011, 2:53pm

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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.

fmerton November 5, 2010, 12:38pm

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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.

j_a_prufrock October 26, 2010, 5:41pm

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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...

douglas.bryant October 17, 2010, 12:00pm

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AP style also prefers e-mail

lindalouiseelliott October 15, 2010, 4:41pm

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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.

porsche October 15, 2010, 12:27pm

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

JJMBallantyne October 14, 2010, 2:56pm

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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."

sbhall52 October 14, 2010, 2:18pm

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

criskity October 14, 2010, 1:56pm

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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.

Dyske October 14, 2010, 1:35pm

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