I Think There’s a Typo on Your Website

Remember when I talked about grammar pet peeves? Well, here’s another one: “Web site.”

When I first came across this spelling on my employer’s corporate website, I didn’t know what to make of it. “Surely,” I so naively thought, “this had to be a mistake.” Just look at that uppercase “W” and the superfluous spacing between “web” and “site.” Who on Earth would write would spell “website” like that?!

The Associated Press, that’s who. It’s in their styleguide, which I am bound to at work. Or, at least, it was.

In case you missed it, the Associated Press finally changed their style on “Web site” vs. “website” this past Friday. They sent out the news via a tweet, which personally felt somehow appropriate.

“Responding to reader input, we are changing Web site to website. This appears on Stylebook Online today and in the 2010 book next month.”

I’m sure this is a total non-issue for most people, but for a twenty-something tech enthusiast like myself, this is cause for celebration!