e-mail, e-book, e-learning …. e- pioneer

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 | e-Learning pioneers

What is the correct way to refer to electronic mail in writing?  Is it eMail, email, e-mail or electronic mail?

It seems as if most dictionaries, publishers and writers have standardized on e-mail.  The same is true of e-book, e-learning, e-literate, e-commerce and any other e-thingy.

Don’t forget the hyphen (-). Get into the habit of using it when you write reports or e-mails.

Dear John,

Thank you for your prompt response to my e-mail …

In view of this convention in writing, I believe it will be in order to talk about an e-pioneer – using the term e-learning pioneer seems so long-winded.  And perhaps e-pioneer is a more apt term to describe those people who go into schools to encourage the use of digital resources, including e-books and e-mail – their work is not only about e-learning.

Viva, all e-pioneers.

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4 Comments to e-mail, e-book, e-learning …. e- pioneer

Wednesday, 24 February, 2010

e-Africa, e-TV, e-mail, e-learing, e-many e in electronics.

e-wonder why it was e and not a or b ? What is the meaning of the e- in all the e-etc ? electronic or excellent digital world ?

Albie e-Smith

Mark C
Thursday, 25 February, 2010

I’m a twit – teacher with technology.

Dwayne Bailey
Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

Not true. Its usual for words to evolve from hyphens to being written without hyphens. The South African Concise Oxford Dictionary lists only email.

People definitely use e-mail – 1,3 billion reference in Google. But email has 2 billion. South Africans definately prefer e-mail, some 37 million references against 17 million.

Languages evolve, that is the important thing. The hyphen in e-mail is pretty redundant and people will drop it over time.

Thursday, 4 March, 2010

You are quite right, Dwayne, when you say that language is evolving – the interesting figures you provide underscore the point. At present we use the hyphen; when many in our environment perceive it as redundant, it will possibly become the norm to drop it. In fact, I believe that in time even the “e” will be seen to be redundant, and that will be dropped as well. When all (or the bulk of) mail is e-mail, why not just talk about mail?

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