Let’s bow our heads to acknowledge the fact that e-mail is now email. I think it’s ridiculous because it means electronic mail, e-mail. However, English evolves, even if it’s ridiculous.
(Guess we should have known that columnist was just testing to see whether there would be any reaction to email.)
Still, I doubt I will ever like writing email without the hyphen. Writing “email” just looks wrong, and yes, I realize I wrote the exact same thing when I posted how Web site changed to website. I actually think that change was necessary. That’s not the case with email — electronic mail. We still use e-book and e-business, right?
Lest you think I’m just being a meanie to the AP Style gurus, I am a big believer in buying the stylebook, especially the online version. It’s essential. How else could I learn so quickly that hotline is now one word, and then correct an editor? Ha. Originally, I had wanted a hard copy in case, like, the power went off, and I had to work off-grid. Yeah, that hasn’t happened yet. But maybe in 2012. I hear there’s an apocalypse or something.
So, copy editors, just to reiterate: Even though email looks wrong (and is, in my opinion, wrong), we just have to suck it up.