Re[2]: (Fwd) Re: RFC1983 (Was E-mail or e-mail)

Subject: Re[2]: (Fwd) Re: RFC1983 (Was E-mail or e-mail)
From: Don Smith <dsmith -at- ACCESSBEYOND -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 15:12:27 EST

Mike Clark Wrote:

"Besides which, I think English is confusing enough without adding
more non-rule rules to cover cases in which a simply hyphen would


I believe that's true, Mike. There are other reasons, too. How about
what has been sighted here before; tshirt or Tshirt. Terrible! Truly
the best idea (like it or not), probably is e-mail (or E-mail). A
basic decision is necessary. Do we want to make a new word "email",
which probably will happen anyway, sooner or later, or do we want to
insist that this is a form of mail, namely "electronic-mail", or
shortened, e-mail.

I'm sure we won't make this decision anyway, but rather it will happen
over time. Here there are many examples of words that were separate
words, placed together into a new word (over time) are now accepted
with no problem (in most quarters). Examples might be: reboot (boot a
system that has already been booted); dialback (now a noun for "dial
the number back") and so on.

Hey, what do we know, right?


Don Smith

(I note that my spell checker shows, "Email and EMail as acceptable,
but not email or E-mail or e-mail. Oh well.)

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