Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Enough Already: The Internet Has Changed the Way We Live, Work-And Spell

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Enough Already: The Internet Has Changed the Way We Live, Work-And Spell

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IMAGINE BEING A CHAMBERMAID at the Chateau Marmont after Courtney Love just blew through, and you'll have a good idea of the cleanup duty facing the 21st-century editor, what with the mess the internet dragged in. The digital revolution didn't just blow a hole in the way commerce and communication are done; it crashed headlong into the English language, leaving shards of grammar everywhere you step. Cyber became a prefix. A phenomenon that can only be called intra-capitalization took hold: eBusiness, ePortfolio. Any principled word jockey has only one answer to that: eGads! It's the editor, that most incidental of professions, who is tasked with sifting through the remains, to place this over here and that over there--to assign some order to all this chaos.

Take website ... please. Tell me: Is it Web site or website? The former is too stiff, the latter a bit audacious. In cases such as this, language prefers to take its own sweet time. You have to log some time in word purgatory, as a hyphenate, that is, before being promoted from two words to one. That venerable warhorse ice-skating is still awaiting its papers. Perhaps it's better to split the difference and go with web site. But that is just so Merriam-Webster's Tenth Edition, don't you think?

Who cares, you say? You, sir, are not an editor. Editors need things to be in their place, and this festival seating in cyberspace may be great for the creative mind, but for the fussy one, the one that craves rules, it's no party. …

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