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The Hyphen in ‘E-Mail’ Just Lost a Major Ally

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Still use a hyphen in the word email? Mashable does not, as you can see — and as of Monday, neither does the New York Times. “By popular demand, we’re going to remove the hyphen…

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

This is a short, but interesting article. What people often forget is that language is always changing. That includes how made-up words, like "e-mail" or "email" (whichever you prefer) evolve into its final form. I will admit I’ve used them interchangeably, although I try to be consistent in a single document if I can. I tend to think of "e-mail" being more formal than "email". Isn’t that funny that I think that way? Anyway, this article shows how major style guide leaders are starting to decide for us what’s acceptable and what’s not. 


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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