Last year AP Stylebook changed “Web site” to “website”. And now they’ve finally dumped the hyphen in email.
Even before the switch, many companies neglected to include the hyphen. I know we’ve been using the non-hyphenated version for a long time, but continually had to tell our proof readers to stop trying to correct it to match the AP Stylebook.
Cellphone and smartphone as one word instead of two are also being adopted as new Associated Press style guidelines.
Changes that clearly indicate the terms are no longer merely abbreviations for things like electronic mail or cellular telephone — they’re words unto themselves.
So all you copy editors and proofers out there, take note.