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View Poll Results: What is the right short form of 'electronic book'?
eBook 37 21.26%
ebook 89 51.15%
e-book 27 15.52%
none of them 3 1.72%
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:21 AM   #61
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There's actually another stage:

1. Have two separate words.
2. Join them together with a hyphen.
3. Drop the hyphen.

If you read novels from the early 19th century onwards, you'll see "to day" becoming "to-day", and then "today". Same with lots of other words.
Which is the most typical/traditional movement of words from what I've seen. And I been keepin' a close eye on them for the last 6 decades or so....they're sneaky, ya gotta watch 'em all the time.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:20 PM   #62
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Well, it can't be a misspelling, since it's not a word.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:21 PM   #63
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I see that the blue one next to the fish is gaining ground. I hope we'll all soon be talking about how many blues we've read this year.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:04 PM   #64
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The reason eBook works vs. ebook and e-book is because the e gets lost it ebook and e-book where in eBook, the e is not lost and is also easier to read and get the meaning right away.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:52 AM   #65
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The reason eBook works vs. ebook and e-book is because the e gets lost it ebook and e-book where in eBook, the e is not lost and is also easier to read and get the meaning right away.
But in email the e doesn't get lost, and e and m are the same height, unlike e and b.

I think you're on the losing side of history with this one.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:19 AM   #66
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I seem to remember that when this thread was revived, the three main options were about level, and now ebook has gone into a big lead. It's already happening.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:22 AM   #67
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Who cares, some people will argue about angels on pinheads...and there are lots of pinheads....
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:53 AM   #68
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Who cares, some people will argue about angels on pinheads...and there are lots of pinheads....

Good one kennyc.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:29 AM   #69
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:06 PM   #70
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Wow, it's a day and a half since the last comment. Can we let it go now for another eight years?


Please?
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Wow, it's a day and a half since the last comment. Can we let it go now for another eight years?


Please?
But I have these two cents which absolutely must be dropped

There is no correct spelling because obviously the issue is still evolving and it's not a settled question. Usage does seem to be dividing along discernible lines, though. The hyphenated "e-book" has become the formal spelling for use in journalistic and technical writing, while "ebook" dominates casual usage. Commercial usage trends toward imitating the eInk and iWhatnot trademarks with "eBook." We're very likely stuck with all three for quite some time.

Of course, as the novelty wears off we'll more often drop the "e" entirely in favor of "book," using "electronic" or "digital" when it's necessary to specify format.

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bastards! should of been ebook.
You're mangling the idiom "Should've," as in a contraction of "Should have," which makes sense where a randomly inserted preposition does not. That's why Oxford doesn't contact you on these matters

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:18 AM   #72
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No if we can only settle on the correct spelling of John.
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Wow, it's a day and a half since the last comment. Can we let it go now for another eight years?


Please?
Interestingly, this resurrected thread has already grown over 9 times as large as it was when it died in 2004.

Let it go for another 8 years? I'm game!
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Wow, it's a day and a half since the last comment. Can we let it go now for another eight years?


Please?
Since you brought it up instead of letting it go, no, we cannot let it go. We were going to let it go, but you didn't let us let it go. Now we are not going to let it go. Thank you for not letting us let it go.

Oh and eBook.
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