I’m pretty sure the Associated Press did not cave to pressure from the Facebook group Dear AP, Could You Please Spell Website Like a Normal Person? But just pretty sure, not positive.

Anyway, a couple days ago I received an update of the AP Stylebook noting that “website” should now be treated as one word, lowercase. Before, AP insisted on “Web site,” two words, uppercase like a proper noun — an exception to Webster’s New World College Dictionary and the result, no doubt, of the stubbornness of some AP editor in a tin-foil hat.

The crusty old institution still insists on treat the Web or World Wide Web as a proper noun, but this change represents the first chink in AP’s armor, and I imagine that soon Web will go the way of Elevator, Escalator, Aspirin and Kleenex from proper nounhood to generic-ness.

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