Editor Afloat

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Consistency Matters!

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Today’s project is proofreading a Web site for a company that designs Web sites. Go figure! Even they need an editor. The first thing that jumps out at me is the inconsistent use of several terms. One is e-commerce. So is it eCommerce, ecommerce, e-commerce or E-commerce? Make up my mind! My favorite and final authority on most spelling questions is the online version of the Merriam Webster dictionary. There are a few new words that have come about since the whole Internet thing started. So what does MW have to say about them? It’s e-commerce, Web site, Internet, online, and e-mail. Notice the capital letters in Web site and Internet. Why is that, do you suppose? Web is short for World Wide Web. It’s a proper noun. Anyone awake through that particular grammar class? Just as you wouldn’t use a small case letter for someone’s name just because you weren’t using their whole given name, you still capitalize Web. For example, Sally Sue Smith is Sally for short, not sally. Web site designers everywhere are using Web site, web site and website interchangeably in most English-language applications. I predict that in the next version or so, even MW will recognize “website” as a real word. In the meantime, consistency counts! Pick a version of Web site and use it the same way you mean to say the same thing all through your writing. Okay! Class is over, you can wake up now.

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The Editor Afloat provides proofreading and editing services for the written word. The name comes from the NCIS designation for a Special Agent assigned to a vessel, "Agent Afloat". I live on-board and work from my boat. That makes me an Editor Afloat!

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