The AP Stylebook has been updating many techie words now that many technical terms are entering our everyday language.
For today’s post, I took to Twitter for blogging ideas –– always a good resource for connecting with communities and brainstorming ideas, so join in on the #APStyle conversation and find devout AP stylers like you and me.
@Word_Masters responded with this: “Why drop the hyphen in email, but not e-book, etc?” Good point, WM!
The same can be said for e-waste, e-cards, e-reader or e-lectronics … wait, forget that last one. But the first three examples are the correct form, according to AP Stylebook.
WM also brought up Wi-Fi for the “wireless networking standards,” according to the AP Stylebook. Why not wi-fi, as an abbreviation for wireless fidelity? That would fit in with hi-fi, or high fidelity, says WM.
What can I say? Sometimes the Associated Press is just funny like that. But while we’re on the subject, here are some other techie terms to pay attention to, according to the AP Stylebook:
High definition is the noun and high-definition is the adjective – HD is acceptable on second reference, as well as HDTV on second reference for a high-definition television.
High-tech is an adjective.
Click-throughs: “a way of measuring how many people click a link online … often used to set advertising rates.”
When talking about an instant message, IM is acceptable on second reference. Also, AP Stylebook says it is sometimes used as a verb: IM’ing and IM’ed –– I haven’t seen much of this, but now that I know AP approves, I’m determined to use it … because I can.
On the subject of IM’ing (wink!), common abbreviations: G2G (got to go), IDK (I don’t know), IMO (in my opinion), NSFW (not safe for work), POS (parent over shoulder) and ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing) –– that’s a pretty thorough guide, thnx AP!
Getting back to Twitter and social media:
Fan, follow, friend, unfriend
Tweet, retweet, hashtag, handle
Finally, recent AP style changes:
Smartphone, cellphone, email
You may be interested to read my angry rant on the AP style 3-D hyphen, but 3-D is written as so: hyphen, cap the D.