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« on: May 20, 2005, 06:37:23 AM »

I wa slightly amused to discover that the word email, spelt without the hyphen, is not in The Bat!'s spellchecker.

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2005, 07:13:12 AM »

I giggle every time I spellcheck something with UltraEdit and find 'UltraEdit' is not in their dictionary cheesy.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2005, 02:03:18 AM »

Both are acceptable, although I prefer email because it's simpler to write, and we all know its meaning.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2005, 07:47:05 PM »

I use "eeemale", just to be different.
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2005, 02:28:36 PM »

Thanks for that, Ssscortt
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2006, 10:03:58 AM »

You don't have to be formal with much things these days (including 2005 days..)..  undecided Only an ultra geek cares if e-mail is wrong or not..  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2006, 10:34:38 AM »

Only an ultra geek cares if e-mail is wrong or not..  Grin

I guess I'm an ultra geek. I always spell it "e-mail." But I don't get angry at people or insist they use the hyphen when they leave it off.

And actually it doesn't really have much to do with me being a geek. I just like language and words and so I try my best to use them properly. This includes correct spelling and proper grammar. It's a personal standard I have for myself that I don't expect other people to care enough to make it their personal standard.
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2006, 04:25:51 PM »

Wouldn't you leave the hyphen out, rather than off in this case?
Sorry ... I'm in a silly, "holidays coming" mood this morning
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I guess I'm an ultra geek. I always spell it "e-mail." But I don't get angry at people or insist they use the hyphen when they leave it off.
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2006, 06:03:10 PM »

Wouldn't you leave the hyphen out, rather than off in this case?
Sorry ... I'm in a silly, "holidays coming" mood this morning
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I guess I'm an ultra geek. I always spell it "e-mail." But I don't get angry at people or insist they use the hyphen when they leave it off.

Ha! Yeah. So much for proper grammar!  Grin I never claimed I was perfect at it. Just that I do my best.  smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2006, 06:35:14 PM »

I was being a drongo Deozaan - I apologize
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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2006, 06:37:41 PM »

I was being a drongo Deozaan - I apologize
Thank you, but there is no need to apologize. I figure that if I can't laugh at myself then I'm in denial. Or something.  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2006, 02:50:26 AM »

i admire anyone that can follow the rules of english grammar. i'm pretty terrible at it myself - like most UK residents under a certain age.

but, as i understand it, isn't the english language constantly evolving and adapting, i.e. 'electronic mail' becomes 'e-mail' becomes 'email' (or, at least, will become email eventually). why not just jump on the 'email' wagon and speed up its final total acceptance?

to be honest, i'm just too lazy to type 'e-mail' (as you can see i'm too lazy to use the shift key at the beginning of a sentence) otherwise i'd probably never type 'email'.

my overall excuse for being bad with english grammar is that after reading a few books on the subject and becoming confused by the conflicting opinions of the different authors i just gave up trying.

overall, the great thing about the english language is that even when its rules are (frequently) abused, it's still quite easy to understand.

one more point about the word 'email' - i assume that eventually the word will simply become 'mail' with the 'e' disregarded as superfluous. electronic mail will be the norm and maybe 'snail-mail' will become 's-mail' or 'p-mail' (p for post or parcel).

(sorry about all that. as you can see i live in the future more than in the present.)
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2006, 07:57:18 AM »

“If you take hyphens seriously, you will surely go mad” - Oxford University Press style manual cheesy
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