Grammar Police on the Move: NYT Misses Everyone’s Favorite Style Change

Geeks everywhere were a clamor last Friday afternoon when the Associated Press made a small – but hyperbolically important – adjustment to its Stylebook (the generally accepted standard for journalists and professional writers).

Announcing the revision in a tweet – just in case you didn’t think this could get geekier – the AP Stylebook changed the proper style for writing about Internet sites. Previously, to the chagrin of journalism and PR majors everywhere, we dealt with Web site (capital W, two words); this has roots in the concept of a “World Wide Web site,” now anachronistic given that the WWW is rarely mentioned*. With the change, it’s been simplified to a single concept: website.

That change was put into place three days ago, so I should be a little lenient when it comes to adopting the new format. However, you couldn’t swing a corded telephone in a newsroom without hitting someone talking about the shift; it was a seriously huge to-do to us nerds, so much so that Mashable’s article has been retweeted close to 2,500 times as of this morning. And what happens today in a headline at the New York Times? There it is, sticking out like a sore thumb. Web site. Two words. It hurts:

Yes, I’m crazy. It’s early. Just enjoy.

*An interesting aside: RWW reported this morning that Google Chrome is going to try and kickstart another style change in the Web world: ditching “http://,” in Web addresses. That’s really geeky, though, so I’m not going to go there.

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