Submitted by dan  •  September 28, 2005

website or web site

Websters says it’s two words.

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I always say "website." What bothers me is seeing "Web site" with the capital letter.

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As a web programmer, I use it both ways, with slightly different connotations. Webster's (or any methodically run reference) cannot keep up with common usage of technological terms. "Email" vs. "E-mail" wasn't decided until Microsoft, of all things - issued an edict on it.

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"website" all the way. go with one and stick with it.

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The AP style guide, which is used by journalists, shows it to be Web site, World Wide Web, "surf the Web," etc.

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Leah is totally correct. But it drives me crazy. The AP style, the U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual, and the Merriam-Webster online dictionary ALL spell it out clearly: It is Web site. And it makes sense. Web refers to the proper term World Wide Web, so it should be cap'd. However, I just bought The Chicago Manual of Style and in its Glossary, it had "website" !! Arghh!!

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