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AP ends its web of confusion, leads to aha moment

By Jan Basina

Last Friday, as I was thinking about a topic for this blog, from the corner of the newsroom came a raucous yell from one of the editors. “Finally,” he bellowed.

Heads turned, and then a collective cheer (well, almost) could be heard from the corner.

Stop the presses! (newspapers don’t do that anymore, do they?).

It was proclaimed by The Associated Press that the word  — formerly written as “Web site” — would from that day forward be written as one word, lowercase — “website” — in all publications that adhere to the AP style of the written word.

So what? You say.

Well for any self-respecting wordsmith it was vindication. The word “website” now has assumed its proper place in the English language — one word, lowercase. It’s been a bone of contention with copy editors in this newsroom, and, I’m guessing, in newsrooms across the country.

But no more.

I’m sure some of you out there are responsible for writing newsletters, press releases and general information about your company and it may be that you’ve already taken the situation into your own hands and gone rogue. So take some satisfaction that AP finally saw the light and changed its style to comply with your’s — one word, lowercase.

It should also be noted that AP made other adjustments to their stylebook, but, none in my opinion, more significant that changing “website” — one word, lowercase.

If any of you have experienced a satisfying moment or two while engaged in your trade, drop us a line or use the commenting section below this post. Just for fun, permit us to indulge in your aha moment.

And don’t forget, the next time you’re directing people to check out all the useful information at The Daily Reporter website — it’s one word, lowercase.

Jan Basina is a data reporter for the dailyreporter.com website — one word, lowercase.

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